The Territorial Anchorage of Waste Sorting Activities and Its Organization for Prevention

  • Leïla BoudraEmail author
  • Valérie Pueyo
  • Pascal Béguin
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 825)


Based on a research led in the waste sorting and recycling sector in France, we propose to reflect upon the territorial anchorage of the work activities for household waste. In this article, we will argue that the territory is a determinant of work, forgotten by the commercial and industrial logics that organize waste sorting and structure the design of work systems. We will also place the territory as a scale of action for occupational risks prevention that conducts to involve internal actors from the waste sorting centers and external actors from the territory.


Sustainable development Waste management Territory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.C3U-Paragraphe (EA429), Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-DenisSaint-Denis CedexFrance
  2. 2.EVS (UMR 5600), Université Lumière Lyon 2Lyon Cedex 07France

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