At Home or to the Dump? Household Garbage Management and the Trajectories of Waste in a Rural Mexican Municipio

Andrew M. Hilburn

Garbage management is a key human-environmental issue in Mexico. However, existing research lacks focus on the household as a key actor and biases urban contexts over rural ones. This study addresses this issue by examining household garbage management practice in the rural Municipio of Coxcatlán, Puebla. Using a survey of 520 households, results show a more complex geography of garbage management with differential access to formal garbage collection and a tentative, mixed approach to garbage management by households. The results also identify a bifurcated trajectory of waste through the municipio and draw attention to its social and environmental impacts.

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