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Special Issue "Trends in Municipal Solid Waste Management"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Elena Cristina Rada

Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, via Mesiano 77, Trento I-38123, Italy & Department of Theoretical and Applied Sciences, University of Insubria, 46 Via G.B. Vico 46, Varese 21100, Italy
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Interests: municipal solid waste characterization; collection; treatment; valorization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue focuses on the trends in municipal solid waste (MSW) management under a circular economy perspective. The entire pathway of MSW management will be involved: From MSW characterization (with particular attention to the evolution of its composition because of the use of new products), to its source separated collection and technological solutions (to support citizens and the collection company), to its treatment in biochemical and thermochemical plants (with or without pre-treatment, including the Solid Recovered Fuel option), to the future role of landfilling. The integration of material recovery and energy recovery is expected to be discussed, taking into account the efficiency of the present and future plants. The role of biomethane from biogas treatment will be surely a topic of concern. Papers selected for this Special Issue will be subject to a peer-review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of their contents.

Dr. Elena Cristina Rada
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Municipal Solid Waste
  • Management
  • Treatment
  • Source separation
  • Energy recovery
  • Material recovery
  • Characterization
  • Biomethane

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Open AccessArticle Life Cycle Analysis of Energy Production from Food Waste through Anaerobic Digestion, Pyrolysis and Integrated Energy System
Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1804; doi:10.3390/su9101804
Received: 29 September 2017 / Revised: 4 October 2017 / Accepted: 4 October 2017 / Published: 5 October 2017
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The environmental performance of industrial anaerobic digestion (AD), pyrolysis, and integrated system (AD sequence with pyrolysis) on food waste treatment were evaluated using life cycle assessment. The integrated treatment system indicated similar environmental benefits to AD with the highest benefits in climate change
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The environmental performance of industrial anaerobic digestion (AD), pyrolysis, and integrated system (AD sequence with pyrolysis) on food waste treatment were evaluated using life cycle assessment. The integrated treatment system indicated similar environmental benefits to AD with the highest benefits in climate change and water depletion in addition to the increased energy generation potential and the production of valuable products (biochar and bio-oil). Pyrolysis results illustrated higher impact across water, fossil fuel, and mineral depletion, although still providing a better option than conventional landfilling of food waste. The dewatering phase in the AD process accounted for 70% of the treatment impact while the pre-treatment of the food waste was responsible for the main burden in the pyrolysis process. The study indicated that the three treatment options of food waste management are environmentally more favorable than the conventional landfilling of the wastes. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Title: From Waste Management to Component Management in the Construction Industry
Authors: Colin M.* Rose and Julia A. Stegemann
Affiliation: Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
* Corresponding author: colin.rose.13@ucl.ac.uk; Tel.: +44(0)7736 475214
Abstract: The construction industry uses more resources and produces more waste than any other industrial sector; sustainable development depends on reduction of both, while providing for a growing global population.   Reuse of existing building components could support this goal. However, when it is difficult to reclaim components from demolition, and materials remain cheap compared to labour, new approaches are needed for reuse to be implemented beyond niche projects. This study therefore examines the systemic factors underpinning current construction waste management, to suggest interventions that might aid retention and enhancement of component utility. Multiple case studies were undertaken, spanning new build and refurbishment, with evidence from fieldwork observations, waste documentation and interviews. Direct reuse retains utility, but suffers severe practical and economic constraints. Upcycling enhances utility by repurposing components to displace virgin products of greater environmental impacts. Imagining viable new uses involves creativity. The paper proposes means of focusing creativity present in the industry on an exhaustive examination of component reusability and upcyclability. Proposed interventions facilitate information generation and are integrated with existing practices. They begin to create enabling conditions for the emergence of new upcycling enterprises that might overcome economic constraints, and avoid unnecessary transportation, processing and diminishing of component utility.

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