Special Issue "Improving Source Separation for Municipal Solid Waste(MSW)-Global Lessons"
A special issue of Recycling (ISSN 2313-4321).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2019
Prof. Dr. Giovanni De Feo
Department of Industrial Engineering (DIIn), University of Salerno, via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, 84084 Fisciano, Italy
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Interests: chemical-physical processes; environmental decision support systems; environmental impact assessment; life cycle assessment; waste management; wastewater treatment technologies
The source-separation of municipal solid waste (MSW) is commonly considered a preliminary and compulsory step to recycling activities. Separate collection programs involve many actors, such as citizens, collection enterprises, municipalities, who often speak “different languages” because they have different perspectives from which they look at the problem. Often, the final results are low percentages of separate collection and/or a poor quality of the source-separated materials, with consequent problems in terms of recycling activities as well as economic drawbacks (due to the additional costs of selection).
MSW source-separation, due to its intrinsic nature, is a multidisciplinary issue. In fact, it involves technical aspects, because designing and managing separate collection programs involves an appropriate combination of several variables such as vehicles, personnel, containers, bags, infrastructures, model adopted (e.g. kerbside collection, bring system), etc. It poses economic problems because the collection service has to be offered with the minimum economic impact for the citizen but assuring a good level of quality. Since the collection starts with citizens, understanding their knowledge, behaviour, attitudes, awareness is fundamental for the success of the system. Finally, it is commonly accepted that nowadays everything has to be done to lower as much as possible the environmental impact.
Therefore, experts from academia and industry, designers, architects, engineers, scientists, and others are invited to share their theoretical and applied knowledge on the different and interrelated aspects of MSW source-separation. In this sense, collaboration across disciplines is encouraged. This Special Issue will document contributions from all over the world in order to provide a scientific and practical improvement for the sector.
Prof. Dr. Giovanni De Feo
Manuscript Submission Information
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- environmental impacts
- municipal solid waste
- separate collection
- source separation