Special Issue "Sustainable Waste Management"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2012)
Hygienic waste and wastewater disposal is essential for human civilizations. Current waste and wastewater disposal practices in developed nations are both excessive energy and water consuming, hence not sustainable. The increasing scarcity of water and energy in the developing world along with rapid population increase in urban areas gives reason for concern and the need for appropriate water and energy management practices. Currently there is a growing awareness of the impact of waste and wastewater contamination on rivers and lakes. The developing world with over three billion people is simply attempting to duplicate those unsustainable waste and wastewater disposal practices. Both waste and wastewater contain water and energy that can be harvested. In addition both contain nutrients that can be use as fertilizer. There are several emerging technologies for waste and wastewater disposal that are sustainable with minimal ecological footprint. The objectives of this special issue are first educate the reader of the unsustainable nature of the current waste and wastewater disposal practices, and how to make them sustainable while those methods are hygienic so that we could leave a livable planet for our children and their children.
Prof. Dr. Jay N. Meegoda
- methane capture
- sustainable development
- bio digestion
- minimize energy
- minimize water use