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Special Issue "Sustainable Waste Management in the Context of Circular Economy"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Waste and Recycling".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 113

Special Issue Editors

Environmental Resources Research, National Institute of Environmental Research, Incheon 404-708, Republic of Korea
Interests: waste management; waste policy and regulation; circular economy; circular resources; environmental impact assessment; recycling and reuse; minimization; disposal method; field monitoring
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Environmental Resources Research, National Institute of Environmental Research, Hwangyeong-ro 42, Seo-gu, Incheon 22689, Republic of Korea
Interests: waste policy and management; plastic waste recycling; e-waste recycling and management; environmental monitoring of hazardous chemicals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Changes in living patterns due to COVID-19 have significantly impacted the type and the characteristics of generated waste. These wastes are causing difficulties in terms of their disposal and they are imposing a serious burden on the environment; thus, the treatment of rapid waste in pursuit of sustainability has emerged as a major concern.

Therefore, the purpose of this Special Issue is to focus on the effective management of recyclable and sustainable wastes on a circular system with product, consumption, discharge, and disposal parts, with the aim of reducing the amount of wastes generated and our dependance on natural resources. After all, recyclable and sustainable wastes are reused as a circular resource in the context of the circular economy. In addition, sustainable waste management (SWM) is the practice of pursuing a safer environment through policy planning, designing, and developing a framework before applying it as a technical or methodological action.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Policy plan, design, and framework for SWM within the context of the circular economy.
  • Technology and its application for SWM.
  • Improved method and its application for SWM.
  • Environmental impact assessment assessing the environmental consequences of the policy, technology, and the method.
  • Field monitoring to four parts with production, consumption, discharge, and disposal on a circular system.
  • Country report introducing success stories.
  • Additionally, other topics related to the keywords of waste; sustainable management; circular system; recycling and reuse; minimization; environmental assessment; policy and regulations; planning, design, and program; storage; collection; transport and transfer; landfill disposal; economic analysis, etc., are welcome.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Namil Um
Dr. JungKeun Oh
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • waste
  • sustainable management
  • circular economy
  • recycling
  • reuse
  • minimization
  • environmental assessment
  • waste policy
  • regulation

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