Special Issue "Plastic Waste: From Sources to Solutions"

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 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ana Luísa Patrício da Silva
Guest Editor
Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) & Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: plastic pollution; micro(nano)plastics; ecotoxicology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plastic pollution is an emerging threat to both environment and human health that weakens global economic development. Acting to tackle this issue requires solid knowledge and adequate metrics to guide and prioritise actions at different levels (waste management, litter monitoring, risk assessment and management, remediation) in order to implement adequate policies and enforcement strategies to promote environmental health and ensure sustainable development. Thus, this Special Issue invites contributions in all aspects of plastic pollution and waste management such as (i) plastic waste generation and characterisation studies, (ii) strategies to control and mitigate plastic pollution, (iii) technologies and methods for plastics recycling to value-added products, (iv) innovations on biobased plastics: challenges and opportunities in a circular economy, (v) analysis and prevention of plastic pollution including analytical methodologies for sampling, characterisation and analysis of (micro)plastics, (vi) microplastics in the environment: fate and effects, (vii) ecological risks of micro(nano)plastics, (viii) management and remediation of contaminated sites with plastic debris, (ix) emerging technologies for microplastics mitigation: emphasis for landfill leachates and wastewater treatment plants. Papers relating to plastic waste management during the COVID-19 pandemic are also welcome. Both research and review papers are welcome.

Dr. Ana Luísa Patrício da Silva
Dr. Teresa A. P. Rocha-Santos
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • waste management
  • plastic pollution
  • environmental health
  • human health
  • mitigation strategies
  • microplastics
  • nanoplastics
  • ecological risk assessment
  • remediation
  • biotechnological advances

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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