The Urbanist

Taking out the trash

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10 November 2022

Episode 578

30 minutes


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One person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure. This week we meet Vienna’s refuse collectors, Istanbul’s ‘eskicis’ and hear how Zagreb and Belgrade are addressing visual pollution in their cities.

10 November 2022

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Vienna’s Department 48 sets up shop

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Vienna’s refuse collectors are running two shops selling items salvaged from their collection system.

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Chapter 2

8 minutes


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Chapter 2

Ad-free transport in the Balkans

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The mayors of Belgrade and Zagreb have decreed that public transport will no longer be adorned by adverts, hoping to spare our eyes of excessive visual pollution. What’s behind the ban?

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Chapter 3

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Istanbul’s ‘eskici’

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‘Eskici’ roughly translates to peddlers of old things. They trail their carts all around the city, collecting unwanted clothes, books and trinkets that residents want to get rid of.

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