Mapping Environmental Commitment: A Situational Analysis of Illegal Dumps in the City
Keywords:Situational Analysis, Arena, Illegal Dumps, Waste Disposal, Environmental Commitment, Collective Mapping, City
The paper refers to the research Trash in the Wild: A Pilot Project Mapping Citizenship Environmental Activism in the Collaborative Study in the Lodz Area. In the study, inhabitants of Lodz (Poland) were invited to participate in data gathering and create a map of unauthorized dumps in their city. The collaborative mapping was intended to localize problematic spots in the city of Lodz, but it also shows civic commitment and the inhabitants’ ecological consciousness level. The authors based on ethnographic data (observations, walk-alongs, interviews, and data obtained from institutions), attempting to develop a situational analysis of the phenomenon of illegal dumps in the city. The analysis reveals how different positions of the City Guard, Municipal Economy Department, waste disposal companies, journalists, environmental activists, researchers, and citizens participating in the project vary their standpoints and views on the studied problem. Presenting the context and first results of the research, the authors refer to the issue of building relationships with researched subjects during the investigation process. Trying to navigate between them, researchers strive to introduce their different, sometimes contradictory, viewpoints into the research, not losing their commitment and the valuable data they can submit. The analysis shows that the issue of illegal dumps lies at the intersection of many discourses and involves numerous social worlds, organizations, and entities. In this dynamic situation, many practices and conditions contribute to the persistence of the problem of illegal waste disposal.
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Moja komenda app has a search engine for contact information regarding district officers.
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ZDiT does not list wild trash dumps on its webpage. However, it lists contacts elsewhere given as designed for reporting dumps. Also, ZDiT is involved in cleaning illegal dumps if they are located on the road lanes (pas drogowy) https://uml.lodz.pl/komunikacja-i-transport/zarzad-drog-i-transportu-bip/
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