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Sustainable Solid Waste Management: Recycling of Mineral Resource and Electronic Waste

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 156

Special Issue Editor

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School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China
Interests: solid waste resource utilization; electronic waste; industrial sludge; mineral resources

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the process of industrialization, the generation of a significant quantity of electronic waste and industrial solid waste, which contains valuable resources such as steel, non-ferrous metals, precious metals, plastics, and rubber, presents a promising opportunity for resource recovery. By recycling these valuable metals and materials while reducing the reliance on primary resources, we can effectively address both the scarcity of resources and environmental pollution.

With the rise of the new energy vehicle industry, as well as the development of storage technologies for renewable energies, such as solar and wind energy, the demand for lithium-ion batteries is rapidly increasing. Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) plastics not only pollute the environment but are challenging to treat in an environmentally friendly manner. Therefore, with the advent of the industrialization of LIB recycling, exploring more efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly recycling technologies is imperative.

Our aim is to promote the treatment, disposal, and management of urban mineral resources, reduce pollution and carbon emissions, and achieve sustainable development. The theme is to encourage researchers to publish their experimental, computational, and theoretical research relating to the recycling of electronic waste, industrial solid waste, and mineral resources.

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

  1. Recycling of waste lithium-ion batteries;
  2. Recycling of waste circuit boards;
  3. Comprehensive utilization of red mud resources;
  4. Steel slag treatment and resource utilization technology;
  5. Valuable metals from coal-based solid waste;
  6. New technology for reusing magnesite tailings.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Ping Zhu
Guest Editor

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  • urban mineral resource
  • electronic waste
  • industrial solid waste
  • tailings
  • recycle
  • disposal
  • management

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