Michael Haedicke's research while affiliated with University of Maine and other places

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Recent disruptions in waste management, including the COVID-19 pandemic and China’s decision to limit waste imports from the United States, have shocked materials management systems across the United States. In Maine, these disruptions have been exacerbated by significant disturbances in the state’s waste management infrastructure. These shocks, em...
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Drawing on research with food waste recycling facilities in New England, this paper explores a fundamental tension between the eco-modernist logics of the circular economy and the reality of contemporary waste streams. Composting and digestion are promoted as key solutions to food waste, due to their ability to return nutrients to agricultural soil...
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Circular economies are often framed as addressing a trio of problems: environmental degradation, economic stagnation, and social ills, broadly defined. Our paper centers on this last claim – that circular economies promise social benefits. There is a dearth of literature focused on the social dimensions of circular economies (Geissdoerfer, Martin,...

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... At the core of the CE is the idea -as simple as it is alluring -that wastes generated by both production and consumption practices get collected, refurbished, revamped, and recycled such that the loss of resources and energy is kept to a minimum. This ideal of purified material flows rests on an essentialist 'modernist logic' (Isenhour et al. 2022) by which economic and human activities are separate from 'natural' ones. In waste management practices however, pollutants and toxic materials, such as PFAS, that are involved in food production as well as waste management, risk contaminating the soil when compost and fertilizer from food waste CE are used. ...
... Research on CE has found that TCE is currently, by far, the most dominant discourse in public and private institutions (Berry et al., 2021;Calisto Friant et al., 2022b, 2022a, 2021Campbell-Johnston et al., 2020;Melles, 2021;Ortega Alvarado et al., 2021;Palm et al., 2021). CE debates and implementation to date have thus not sufficiently addressed the socio-political implications of a circularity transition and the biophysical limits to economic growth. ...