Special Issue "Solid Waste Management and International Cooperation in Low-Middle Income and Developing Countries: A Step Forward Sustainable Development"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: waste management; air quality management; human health risk assessment; water management; wastewater treatment; environmental engineering
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Interests: solid waste management; sustainability; international cooperation
Solid waste management is a social, environmental, and economic issue worldwide due to the difficulties involved in waste collection, treatment and final disposal, public involvement, financial sustainability, and policy support. Such issues are of increased importance in low and low-middle income countries, where the lack of economic resources, technical knowledge, and public awareness increase the environmental contamination and spread of diseases due to waste mismanagement. For improving sustainable development at a global level, the appropriate management of solid waste should be addressed since developing countries are increasing in population and waste generation, although controlled disposal does not exceed the 68% of waste collected, and the collection coverage is lower than 85%.
International cooperation among universities, non-governmental organizations (NGO), private companies, associations, and governments, among other actors, could help start development projects to overcome economic and technical barriers in developing contexts.
This Special Issue aims to collect research and case studies of solid waste management in low and low-middle income regions, with a special focus on but not limited to the international cooperation framework. The implementation of small-scale treatment plants, the analysis of social behaviour, the implementation of collection and selective collection plans, the analysis of current and future scenarios through multi criteria decision analysis (MCDA) and life-cycle assessment (LCA), the evaluation of reliable solutions for waste treatment and possible waste valorisation, the application of pilot projects and actions in developing cities or rural areas, and strategies for reducing waste open dumping and open burning are the topics addressed in this Special Issue.
All waste fractions are welcome to be analysed, from municipal solid waste (recyclable and non-recyclable, organic and inorganic, and hazardous and non-hazardous), to healthcare waste, construction and demolition waste, used tyres, agricultural waste, waste of electric and electronic equipment, among others. Moreover, the analysis of the informal recycling sector, as well as studies evaluating the involvement of waste pickers and scavengers in waste-selective collection systems, are encouraged to be published in this Special Issue.
Therefore, we invite you to contribute to this Issue by submitting comprehensive reviews, original case studies, or research articles.
Prof. Vincenzo Torretta
Dr. Navarro Ferronato
Manuscript Submission Information
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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.
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- Waste mismanagement
- Informal recycling
- Waste pickers
- Open dumping
- Best available technologies