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Special Issue "Waste Management Policy for Sustainable (Peri-)Urban Development and the Circular Economy"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 November 2023 | Viewed by 623

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1. School of Environment, Geography and Applied Economics, Harokopio University (HUA), 17676 Kallithea, Attica, Greece
2. Department of Economic and Regional Development, Agricultural University of Athens (AUA), 33100 Amfissa, Greece
Interests: sustainable urban development; applied sustainability; circular economy; environmental management; waste management
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Dear Colleagues,

Recent studies have provided strong evidence that the public's fundamental misunderstanding of waste reduction and prevention is a significant obstacle to promoting a critically needed circular economy in terms of waste reduction and reuse practices. Researchers, policymakers, and practitioners should educate metropolises’ consumers together to inspire them to go beyond recycling and make decisions that minimize the environmental effect of their initial purchases.

Amid the steady improvements at the EU—and beyond—governmental level on waste prevention and management, steps to bring down resource use and exploitation are vital. In this regard, the European Union (EU) has taken significant steps towards promoting a circular economy and reducing waste through its policies and strategies. The EU's Circular Economy Action Plan is a key component of the EU Green Deal, which sets out a comprehensive plan aimed at making the EU's economy sustainable and reducing its carbon footprint, with the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

Despite these efforts, there is still much work to be carried out to realize this “vision”. This Special Issue aims to reveal key insights about the public's waste prevention knowledge gaps and attitudes toward waste by putting together quantitative surveys, focus groups, ethnographic studies, waste compositional or life cycle analyses, multi-criteria decision-making approaches, and bibliographical reviews and analyses. By highlighting the EU's efforts in this area, we hope to spark a productive discussion and prompt urgent policy-wise action for circular economy and sustainable urban development through waste management and sustainable consumption among researchers, policy-makers, and behavior-change practitioners.

We invite all interested parties to debate and share evidence to take this evolving agenda forward. Together, we can work towards a more sustainable future for all.

Indicative Literature: 

Vardopoulos, I., Konstantopoulos, I., Zorpas. A.A., Limousi, L., Bennici, S., Inglezakis, V., & Voukkali, I. (2021). Sustainable metropolitan areas perspectives through assessment of the existing waste management strategies. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 28(19), 24305–24320.

Voukkali, I., Loizia, P., Navarro Pedreño, J., & Zorpas, A. A. (2021). Urban strategies evaluation for waste management in coastal areas in the framework of area metabolism. Waste Management & Research: The Journal for a Sustainable Circular Economy, 39(3), 448–465.

Moustairas, I., Vardopoulos, I., Kavouras, S., Salvati, L., & Zorpas, A. A. (2022). Exploring factors that affect public acceptance of establishing an urban environmental education and recycling center. Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy25, 100605.

Rodríguez-Espinosa, T., Navarro-Pedreño, J., Gómez-Lucas, I., Jordán-Vidal, M. M., Bech-Borras, J., & Zorpas, A. A. (2021). Urban areas, human health and technosols for the green deal. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 43(12), 5065–5086.

Abeliotis, K., Chroni, C., Lasaridi, K., Terzis, E., Galliou, F., & Manios, T. (2022). Environmental impact assessment of a solar drying unit for the transformation of food waste into animal feed. Resources, 11(12), 117.

Dr. Ioannis Vardopoulos
Guest Editor

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  • circular and bio-based economy
  • cross-disciplinary sustainable development
  • social assessment
  • solid waste
  • food waste
  • urban resilience

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Investigation and Suggestions regarding Residents’ Understanding of Waste Classification in Chinese Prefecture-Level Cities—A Case Study of Maanshan City, Anhui Province, China
Sustainability 2023, 15(14), 11124; - 17 Jul 2023
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The implementation of waste-sorting policy is conducive to improving residents’ working and living environments, and has positive implications for promoting green development and building in China. As one of the main factors in the implementation of waste-sorting policy, residents’ awareness of and behavior [...] Read more.
The implementation of waste-sorting policy is conducive to improving residents’ working and living environments, and has positive implications for promoting green development and building in China. As one of the main factors in the implementation of waste-sorting policy, residents’ awareness of and behavior regarding waste sorting and disposal affects its promotion, while policies, incentives and infrastructure will affect residents’ enthusiasm for implementing waste sorting. Taking Maanshan City in Anhui Province as a case study, this paper discusses the current state of progress towards ecological civilization in China; the influence of policy promotion on residents’ perception of it; the correlation between residents’ age and their understanding of waste classification; and the correlation between residents’ enthusiasm, policies and green infrastructure; and puts forward some suggestions for how to enhance green infrastructure and improve residents’ perceptions of waste classification in the future. Full article
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