Special Issue "Municipal Solid Waste Management: Towards a Sustainable Future"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2023) | Viewed by 5399
Interests: municipal solid waste management; life cycle assessment
Interests: pyrolysis; combustion; gasification; catalyst; tar removal; waste management; hot syngas cleaning; activated carbon
There are several actions that can be implemented in order to effectively achieve circular economy. These can affect different life cycle stages, by introducing new design criteria (prior to and after recycling), good practices in consumer behaviours, and innovative end-of-life options. This Special Issue focuses on possible ways to improve the sustainability of municipal solid waste management (MSW) by investigating currently available options and those to be implemented in the near future, all able to convert MSW into valuable resources (recycled materials, fuels or energy). The analysed processes can have different rates of maturity (traditional or innovative processes) and involve mechanical/physical/chemical/thermal routes. The technical aspects and/or environmental performances of each option can be assessed by considering them as single units or implemented in a whole management scheme. The final aim is to identify possible areas of improvement for each option or sustainable strategies to be implemented in future waste management schemes. The contributions can be related to the overall amount of MSW generated in specific areas (e.g., on a regional basis), or to a specific fraction (e.g., plastic waste, biowaste, packaging, textiles).
In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Emerging technologies for waste management and resource optimization.
- Optimization of traditional treatments for municipal solid waste management.
- Mechanical, physical and chemical recycling routes for resource recovery from municipal solid waste.
- Opportunities and challenges of applying gasification to municipal solid waste.
- Specific fractions of municipal solid waste of interest in a circular economy perspective (e.g., plastics waste, biowaste, packaging, textiles).
- Life cycle assessment of alternative options/schemes for municipal solid waste management.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Filomena Ardolino
Dr. Francesco Parrillo
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- municipal solid waste
- emerging technologies
- mechanical recycling
- chemical recycling
- life cycle assessment