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Special Issue "Safe Use of Composts in Urban Gardening"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Science and Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Remigio Paradelo Núñez

Departamento de Edafoloxía e Química Agrícola, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Interests: soil; compost; trace elements; soil contamination; waste management; urban soils; soil remediation
Guest Editor
Dr. María Teresa Barral Silva

Departamento de Edafoloxía e Química Agrícola, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Interests: Soil quality; soil pollution; sediment pollution; heavy metals in the environment; arsenic; river biofilms; waste reutization; compost

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Urban waste management through composting and utilization of compost in the green areas of the city are gaining attention with the worldwide increase of urbanization and interest for urban agriculture. In a moment where the amounts of urban wastes are increasing in association to the rise of urban population, composting allows to manage the increasing amounts of organic waste produced in urban areas in a simple and efficient way. In this way, using the composts as amendments in urban soils or for the construction of green roofs contribute to closing the circle of organic waste in the cities. Compost has positive effects on soils, improving soil conditions for plant growth, decreasing erosion risk, increasing biological activity or reducing the mobility of some pollutants. However, the use of composts produced from urban wastes can raise environmental and safety concerns, as they may be the source of contaminants such as potentially toxic trace elements, organic pollutants, plastics or microorganisms. This concern is particularly relevant when composts are employed in soils used for food production.

This Special Issue seeks research papers on the various environmental aspects of the use of compost in the urban environment. Papers dealing with the presence and behavior of contaminants in urban soils amended with compost or in green roofs constructed with compost, as well as studies on transference of different pollutants to plants and the food chain are welcome. We also encourage the submission of reports of practical experiences on the integration of organic waste management strategies into urban agriculture systems and urban soil protection schemes. Submissions reporting results from different places around the world are particularly welcome, in order to obtain a worldwide perspective of this subject.

Dr. Remigio Paradelo Núñez
Dr. María Teresa Barral Silva
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 1800 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.


  • compost
  • trace elements
  • urban soils
  • urban agriculture
  • plant uptake
  • green roof
  • soil pollution
  • health risk

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