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Latest Advances and Prospects in Sustainable Waste Management

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (9 June 2024) | Viewed by 283

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Research Center for Urban Energy Management, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, The University of Kitakyushu, 1-1, Hibikino, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 808-0135, Japan
Interests: sustainable waste management; life cycle assessment (LCA); material flow analysis (MFA); theory of eco-industrial parks (EIP); urban environmental management of developing countries

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Environmental Sustainability Research Group, Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Diponegoro, Jl. Prof. Soedharto, S.H. Tembalang, Semarang 52715, Indonesia
Interests: life cycle assessment; carbon footprint; waste management; air pollution control

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College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nankai University, No.38 Tongyan Road, Jinnan District, Tianjin 300350, China
Interests: life cycle assessment; carbon footprint accounting; waste management

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Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University, 744 Motooka Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan
Interests: waste management; life cycle assessment; remote sensing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Waste management is a pressing global challenge that needs innovative and sustainable approaches to minimize the environmental and social impact. The solutions to waste management problems need collaboration and scientific enhancement from various fields, including environmental, engineering, policy, economics, and social science. Over time, rapid progress in the scientific and practical field of sustainable waste management has been conducted, including adopting waste prevention, reuse, recycling, energy recovery, and disposal. Technology advancement in waste-to-energy systems, waste separation, and innovative recycling techniques have been shown in the current literature. However, many challenges in the implementation are still needed, especially to handle the management of electronic waste (e-waste), plastic waste, and waste management practices in developing economic regions.

This Special Issue aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the latest advances and prospects in sustainable waste management. This Special Issue will disseminate high-quality research and stimulate interdisciplinary discussions. In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Recent developments on waste reduction, recycling, and resource recovery methods.
  2. Innovative technologies and strategies on treatment and recycling practices, including ICT (information and communication technologies).
  3. Challenges and opportunities for sustainable waste management in developing economic regions.
  4. Policy and regulatory measures towards sustainable waste management.
  5. Environmental and health risks assessment related to waste management.
  6. Incorporating and integrating circular economy concepts in the waste management process,
  7. Identification and analysis of awareness-raising activities to promote sustainability in waste management practices.

We would like to offer Sustainability’s readers intriguing experiences, primarily to provide the latest advancement and prospects in sustainable waste management. Case studies that reported sufficient, reliable, and accurate investigation in a particular region are very welcome for this Special Issue. We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Toru Matsumoto
Dr. Bimastyaji Surya Ramadan
Prof. Dr. He Xu
Dr. Hirofumi Nakayama
Guest Editors

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  • awareness-raising activities
  • circular economy
  • developing economic regions
  • environmental and health risks
  • innovative recycling methods
  • policy and regulatory measures
  • resource recovery
  • sustainable waste management
  • waste-to-energy
  • waste reduction and separation

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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