Special Issue "Trends in Municipal Solid Waste Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018
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
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
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- Municipal Solid Waste
- Source separation
- Energy recovery
- Material recovery
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.