‘ Consumer Responsibilization, Waste Risks, and Sustainability: A Research Agenda in Consumer Waste Management ‘
by Meltem Türe
Royal Holloway University of London
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Amidst the increasing waste volume and ecological problems in an overheating world, the pressure to control waste sustainably has also increased, leading various social and political authorities to responsibilize consumers to minimize waste risks. Despite these urgent calls to dispose of waste responsibly and existence of various pathways for object disposal, consumers keep unused objects in their homes until they deteriorate, get damaged, or become outdated and obsolete. Current research mobilizes the concept of waste regimes to explore why and how French consumers keep rather than dispose of objects. The findings reveal how consumers negotiate tensions associated with waste responsibilization via keeping and highlight the use of a risk perspective in consumer research.