Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Waste Diversion and Sustainability

  • Kelly Elaine dos Santos OliveiraEmail author
  • Sônia Regina da Cal Seixas
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_152


The waste concept can be found in the Cambridge Dictionary (2018) as an “unwanted matter or material of any type, especially what is left after useful substances or parts have been removed.” But defining something that is not desired may fall back on a subjective concept, since it depends on how each one will relate to what he wants to discard and the many reasons that can lead him to this action, as Largerkvist and Dahle’n (2012) say, “it includes a decision by someone regarding the usefulness of some material matter, and that which is worthless for one may have a value for another. Thus, one cannot define any material properties which define waste, but rather a situation where waste appears.”

Although it is subjective, the connotation of the word waste already sounds like one of the society frustrations, demonstrating the inefficiency of the processes, since it is a negative output, therefore a cost for the system (Mersky 2012).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kelly Elaine dos Santos Oliveira
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sônia Regina da Cal Seixas
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Environmental Studies and Research, NEPAMState University of Campinas, UNICAMPCampinasBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Erin Hopkins
    • 1
  1. 1.Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA