Special Issue "Exclusive Papers of the Editorial Board Members (EBMs) of Recycling"

A special issue of Recycling (ISSN 2313-4321).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Michele John
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Guest Editor
Sustainable Engineering Group, Curtin University, Perth, WA 6845, Australia
Interests: resource recovery, sustainable materials; green manufacturing; transformation of waste collection, mining and agricultural waste value adding
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Recycling is dedicated to recent advances in recycling research areas and comprises a diverse selection of exclusive papers of the Editorial Board Members (EBMs) of the journal. The Special Issue will present a collection of both research articles highlighting interesting results of the research groups of our journal’s EBMs and review articles where our journal’s EBMs discuss key topics in the field.

Prof. Dr. Michele John
Guest Editor

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. Recycling is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly 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.

Keywords

  • Zero waste
  • Circular economy
  • Resource recovery
  • Waste technology
  • Waste policy

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LCA of Glass Versus PET Mineral Water Bottles: An Italian Case Study
Recycling 2021, 6(3), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling6030050 - 15 Jul 2021
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Due to the serious problem of plastic pollution in aquatic environment, many people reject plastic packaging in favour of glass containers which are considered more sustainable. To avoid misjudgements, the sustainability assessment of packaging alternatives should be carried out with a life cycle [...] Read more.
Due to the serious problem of plastic pollution in aquatic environment, many people reject plastic packaging in favour of glass containers which are considered more sustainable. To avoid misjudgements, the sustainability assessment of packaging alternatives should be carried out with a life cycle thinking approach. In this regard, the study presents a comparative Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of two alternative packaging systems for drinking water: reusable glass bottles and polyethylene (PET) bottles. The case study was performed considering the real data of an Italian mineral water company that bottles and distributes both natural and sparkling water. The environmental impacts of the two packaging systems were estimated with the ReCiPe 2016 (H) evaluation method adopting both midpoint and endpoint approaches. The results showed that the PET bottle is the most sustainable alternative for natural water for many impact categories; while, in the case of sparkling water, the environmental impacts of the two packaging systems are similar and the most environmentally sound solution can vary depending on the impact category. The following are the most significant aspects of the analysis: (1) the number of reuses of a single glass bottle; (2) the distribution distance. Their variation can determine which packaging is the most sustainable. Therefore, a life cycle assessment approach is needed for each specific case. Full article
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