Taste is the shadow side of the economy. Stripped of desire, it weighs like a corpse around the necks of the living. It is placed in black bags and transported, like the dead, to sites of exclusion – to landfills and incinerators, the graveyards and crematoria in the kingdom of objects.

From the perspective of policy, waste has first and foremost been seen as an issue of public health, something that needs to be removed from society as quickly and cheaply as possible. What has developed in response is a system of mass disposal, where household rubbish is collected and disposed of as a single ...


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