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Le compostage, entre réduction des déchets et domestication du pourrissement

Abstract : In Grenoble and its surroundings, as in many other cities faced with the problem of increasing amounts of domestic waste, composting is promoted as an important measure in reducing the volumes of waste the authorities have to process and treat. As such, composting is promoted in order to reduce the quantity of waste. Drawing on an empirical investigation into local practices and techniques of composting, our article shows that people who start composting at home do not merely learn to conform to standardized norms to reduce their waste: they also learn a range of new experimental skills and know-how aiming to assess and nourish the processes of decomposition and rotting that take place in their local compost. This article aims to show that composting introduces a new relation to organic leftovers that unsettles their status as waste: ceasing to be merely waste to be rid of with, these leftovers become dynamic and lively matter whose productivity is “domesticated” but never totally controlled.
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Céline Granjou, Marc Higgin, Coralie Mounet. Le compostage, entre réduction des déchets et domestication du pourrissement. Revue d'Anthropologie des Connaissances, Société d'Anthropologie des Connaissances, 2020, 14 (4), pp.1-25. ⟨10.4000/rac.11873⟩. ⟨halshs-02939295⟩



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