Brittany Thomas

Brittany Thomas

Physical structures, and the lack thereof, served a significant role in the organization of waste during Carnaval in Barra.

2017 Urban Fellow

Research Topic: Socio-cultural and Ecological Interactions

Faculty Advisor: John Wargo

Ecosystem of Waste: Exploring the Connections between Consumerism, Street Vending, and Waste Management during Carnaval in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

During Carnaval in the Barra neighborhood of Salvador, Brazil, largely recognized for its scenic beauty and tourism infrastructure, there are unique structures governing the management of waste. Informal waste pickers, street vendors, and municipal actors, largely facilitate the recycling and waste disposal process, which also requires the engagement of consumers for the protection of the surrounding beach and community environment.