Special Issue "Municipal Solid Waste Management and Environmental Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Marco Ragazzi
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Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (DICAM), University of Trento, 38123 Trento, Italy
Interests: waste management; air quality; renewable energy; environmental sustainability; circular economy
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Prof. Dr. Elena Magaril
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Guest Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, municipal solid waste (MSW) management has been subject to significant discussion and transformations owing to the growing attention paid to the concept of environmental sustainability all over the world. Today, all the new projects and proposals in the sector of MSW management must take into account the principles of environmental sustainability and be in agreement with circular economy perspectives. The trend is towards a deeper analysis of the sector, as demonstrated by the introduction of the 9R criteria (responsibility, react, reduce, reuse, redesign, repair, recover, recycle and rot) in place of the original 3Rs and by a more detailed characterisation of the involved streams of materials.

The reimagining of MSW management necessitates the formation of specific competences in the professionals involved, which calls for a rapid reaction of educational institutions.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created specific challenges to MSW, and new practices and solutions should be addressed, which also require political decisions.

This Special Issue on MSW and Environmental Sustainability will take into account the need to guarantee economic and social sustainability through an integrated approach. Reviews and case studies are also welcome.

All papers will undergo blind review. The reviewers will be selected among researchers active in the field as demonstrated by the presence of their work in international databases.

In the framework described above, this Special Issue invites authors to contribute in the following fields, all in the sector of MSW (keywords):

  • The quali-quantitative characterisation of MSW;
  • Strategies for the sustainable management of MSW;
  • Environmental sustainability indicators;
  • Lifecycle assessment and risk analysis;
  • Business models for the circular economy and sustainability;
  • Green economy and MSW;
  • The health impact of MSW management;
  • The environmental impact of MSW management;
  • MSW management during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Education for MSW management.

Prof. Dr. Marco Ragazzi
Prof. Dr. Elena Magaril
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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