Special Issue "Sustainability in Solid Waste Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2016).
Interests: solid wastes; life cycle analysis; biological treatment; bioplastics; composting
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Solid waste management has been a wide area of research that has attracted the attention of many scientists over the past few decades. Municipal solid waste, which has traditionally been studied the most, is a stream which, by weight, is at relatively low percentages compared to the total amounts of solid wastes generated worldwide. Emphasis is lately given on special solid waste streams that may, or may not, have hazardous properties. The aspect of sustainability has been particularly introduced into solid waste management during the past two decades. For example, “sustainable landfilling” was a term introduced during the nineties to suggest the use of stabilization techniques prior to landfilling to reduce landfill emissions. Recently, and especially after the introduction of the H2020 funding proposal calls in Europe, the valorization of solid wastes to obtain useful products, or to recover energy, has been a clear priority with typical treatment technologies (i.e., “end of pipe” technologies) becoming a secondary priority. Life cycle assessment (LCA) has been a strong tool to reach decisions and to compare technologies and management scenarios in the solid waste field.
This Special Issue aims to focus on this diverse nature of sustainable solid waste management: from valorization techniques to legal, economic and behavioral aspects and from LCA to quality assessment methods. The main topics of the manuscripts invited in this Special Issue are listed below.
Dr. Dimitrios Komilis
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. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 2000 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.
- Valorization of solid wastes and recovery of useful products
- Solid waste prevention and minimization
- Solid waste pretreatment and sustainable landfilling
- Sustainable hazardous waste management
- Special solid waste streams
- Life cycle analysis and economics in solid waste management
- From waste to end product: Quality assessment methods
- Legal issues in solid waste management
- Behavioral aspects of solid waste management