Progress and challenges to the global waste management system

Singh, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-9215-0166, Laurenti, R., Sinha, R. and Frostell, B., 2014. Progress and challenges to the global waste management system. Waste Management & Research, 32 (9), pp. 800-812. ISSN 0734-242X

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Rapid economic growth, urbanization and increasing population have caused (materially intensive) resource consumption to increase, and consequently the release of large amounts of waste to the environment. From a global perspective, current waste and resource management lacks a holistic approach covering the whole chain of product design, raw material extraction, production, consumption, recycling and waste management. In this article, progress and different sustainability challenges facing the global waste management system are presented and discussed. The study leads to the conclusion that the current, rather isolated efforts, in different systems for waste management, waste reduction and resource management are indeed not sufficient in a long term sustainability perspective. In the future, to manage resources and wastes sustainably, waste management requires a more systems-oriented approach that addresses the root causes for the problems. A specific issue to address is the development of improved feedback information (statistics) on how waste generation is linked to consumption.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Waste Management & Research
Creators: Singh, J., Laurenti, R., Sinha, R. and Frostell, B.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 1 September 2014
Volume: 32
Number: 9
ISSN: 0734-242X
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 26 Jun 2017 12:24
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2017 10:38

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