Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Waste Management Evaluations and Sustainability

  • Francesco NicolliEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_457

Definition

The term waste management is generally used to define the set of practices necessary to collect, transport, dispose of, recycle, and monitor municipal solid waste.

Introduction

The term waste management is generally used to define the set of practices necessary to collect, transport, dispose of, recycle, and monitor municipal solid waste. Wastes are managed for several reasons, for example, to avoid adverse effects on human health, to obtain resources, and to protect the environment. In other term, waste management is a fundamental component of each country strategy for achieving SDGs, as it contributes to improving living conditions and human health.

Waste management methods differ significantly across nations, both in terms of different collection practices and types of disposal choices adopted. As a consequence, it is very complex to assess the sustainability of different waste management systems. For this reason, a hierarchy of different disposal choices has always been...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European University Institute, Florence School of Regulation - ClimateFiesole, (Florence)Italy

Section editors and affiliations

  • Markus Will
  • Isabel Novo-Corti
    • 1
  1. 1.University of A CorunaA CoruñaSpain