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MSW Management in Universities: Sharing Best Practices

Department of Theoretical and Applied Sciences, Insubria University of Varese, Via G.B. Vico 46, 21100 Varese, Italy
Department of Environmental Economics, Ural Federal University, Mira Str. 19, 620002 Ekaterinburg, Russia
Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, via Mesiano 77, 38123 Trento, Italy
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Sustainability 2020, 12(12), 5084;
Received: 16 May 2020 / Revised: 15 June 2020 / Accepted: 19 June 2020 / Published: 22 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Circular Economy and Sustainable Strategies)
The optimization of municipal solid waste management requires the re-organization of niche sectors too. The sector of the university is not fully explored from the scientific point of view. The creation of networks among universities in order to face this issue allows an exchange of expertise also at an international level as demonstrated in this article, by three case studies: two Italian (University of Trento and University of Insubria) and one Russian (Ural Federal University) universities. This study highlights the pros and cons of each university in terms of waste management. Specifically, setting up communication campaigns, standard procedures, monitoring actions, pricing strategies that incentivize selective collection, and improving the collaboration within the university community are identified as crucial initiatives. The margins of improvement of the three universities analyzed are favored by the composition of the generated waste. The implementation of good practices can give economic advantages to the universities, besides improving their level of sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: MSW; university; circular economy; selective collection; best practice; COVID-19 MSW; university; circular economy; selective collection; best practice; COVID-19
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Rada, E.C.; Magaril, E.R.; Schiavon, M.; Karaeva, A.; Chashchin, M.; Torretta, V. MSW Management in Universities: Sharing Best Practices. Sustainability 2020, 12, 5084.

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Rada EC, Magaril ER, Schiavon M, Karaeva A, Chashchin M, Torretta V. MSW Management in Universities: Sharing Best Practices. Sustainability. 2020; 12(12):5084.

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Rada, Elena C.; Magaril, Elena R.; Schiavon, Marco; Karaeva, Anzhelika; Chashchin, Maxim; Torretta, Vincenzo. 2020. "MSW Management in Universities: Sharing Best Practices" Sustainability 12, no. 12: 5084.

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