Special Issue "Urban Mining for Resource Supply"
A special issue of Resources (ISSN 2079-9276).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2018).
Interests: urban mining; resource evaluation; E-waste management; circular economy
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Urbanization is regarded the greatest topic of the 21th century. Rapid urbanization and industrialization have caused massive amounts of natural resources to be extracted from the lithosphere to the techosphere. More and more resources are destined to end up as solid waste, called urban mines. With this in mind, ‘urban mining’ is becoming an important approach to achieve the win–win situations of enhanced resource sustainability and improved environmental protection, while developing a strong, circular economy, based on re-using and recycling.
From the global point of view, the potential for urban mining, based on the quantities of resources that have been buried in landfills, and which are hibernating in cities, which, if mined, could dramatically reduce the amounts of virgin materials that have to be removed from the Earth. Therefore, urban mining can help countries reduce the pressure on natural resources and, at the same time, decrease air and water pollution from the effluents of landfills. This will help us to enable a transition towards more sustainable societies and will foster the development of many new extraction and processing industries.
Although the development of urban mining concepts and approaches is important, many challenges must be addressed. The development of urban mining will require innovative technologies, comparable with the methods of extracting and processing virgin ores. Especially, for new waste streams, their compositions are more complex mixtures of materials that are difficult to separate; furthermore, many new products are introduced into the market annually, thus making the engineering, logistical, and marketing challenges more difficult. However, the challenges also mean there are more opportunities. It is anticipated that serious involvement in improving urban mining will result in opportunities to promote resource recovery and a boom to industry.
In this context, I am seeking papers in the area of urban mining for resource supply. I am looking forward to various styles of papers, including review and research articles.
Assoc. Prof. Xianlai Zeng
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- Urban mining
- Resource recycling
- Circular economy
- Resource sustainability
- Resource scarcity
- Waste management
- Material flow analysis
- Life cycle assessment