Between 9 and 11 June 2016, the conference Waste in Asia was held at Leiden University. The conference was organized by Prof. Katarzyna J. Cwiertka and hosted by the Garbage Matters Project.

Twenty-nine speakers from around the world – including Taiwan, China, Korea, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands – gathered to discuss waste-related issues ranging from food waste in China and Indonesia, to recycling in Taiwan, to the representation of waste in film and literature in the Philippines and Korea.

Waste was investigated both as an end product and as an object of transformation, or even a resource. Participants debated the ambivalence of waste and the ways in which waste circulates within and between countries.

For an impression of the conference, please check out the pictures that are published on our website here.