Special Issue "Sustainable Waste Management Problems in Urban and Industrial Metropolitan Areas"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Resources and Sustainable Utilization".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Juris Burlakovs
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Guest Editor
Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
Interests: circular economy; geosciences
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Dr. Inga Grinfelde
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Laboratory of Forest and Water Resources, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Jelgava, Latvia
Interests: water resource management; hydrological modeling; watershed hydrology; watershed management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, solid waste handling schemes have been developed, and advanced systems have been implemented for recovery and reuse of material. “The zero waste concept” is used for modern disputes in waste management when the challenge is to reduce the amount of waste created and to elaborate recycling efficiency. The future, however, must provide the “beyond zero waste concept”, where we diminish waste streams by turning them to secondary raw material streams as well as landfills, considered a “bank account” for future efficient circular economy perspectives. Sustainability, first of all, should be achieved in targeted policies, effectively introduced in applied waste management schemes, and waste streams from industries and large metropolises turned to recycling material. On the other hand, old closed landfills should be looked into as secondary resource material for the future.

Hereby, we are inviting you as an expert in a field of sustainable waste management with your decades of experience in academic and applied studies.

The purpose of our special issue is to pinpoint problems with sustainable waste management in terms of policies, technologies, and their implementation in practice, resource recovery and reuse potential of secondary materials from various business streams (tourist waste, fishery waste, agricultural waste, medicine, and epidemiological waste utilization problems and many more). The topic has never-ending topicality and new approaches based on “beyond zero waste” are crucial.

Dr. Juris Burlakovs
Dr. Inga Grinfelde
Guest Editors

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  • circular economy
  • sustainable waste management
  • industry waste
  • secondary raw material
  • waste management policy

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Towards Sustainable Soil Stabilization in Peatlands: Secondary Raw Materials as an Alternative
Sustainability 2021, 13(12), 6726; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13126726 - 14 Jun 2021
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Implementation of construction works on weak (e.g., compressible, collapsible, expansive) soils such as peatlands often is limited by logistics of equipment and shortage of available and applicable materials. If preloading or floating roads on geogrid reinforcement or piled embankments cannot be implemented, then [...] Read more.
Implementation of construction works on weak (e.g., compressible, collapsible, expansive) soils such as peatlands often is limited by logistics of equipment and shortage of available and applicable materials. If preloading or floating roads on geogrid reinforcement or piled embankments cannot be implemented, then soil stabilization is needed. Sustainable soil stabilization in an environmentally friendly way is recommended instead of applying known conventional methods such as pure cementing or excavation and a single replacement of soils. Substitution of conventional material (cement) and primary raw material (lime) with secondary raw material (waste and byproducts from industries) corresponds to the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations, preserves resources, saves energy, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Besides traditional material usage, soil stabilization is achievable through various secondary raw materials (listed according to their groups and subgroups): 1. thermally treated waste products: 1.1. ashes from agriculture production; 1.2. ashes from energy production; 1.3. ashes from various manufacturing; 1.4. ashes from waste processing; 1.5. high carbon content pyrolysis products; 2. untreated waste and new products made from secondary raw materials: 2.1. waste from municipal waste biological treatment and landfills; 2.2. waste from industries; 3. new products made from secondary raw materials: 3.1. composite materials. Efficient solutions in environmental engineering may eliminate excessive amounts of waste and support innovation in the circular economy for sustainable future. Full article
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