Call for Papers: Address the Challenges of the Global Waste Plastic Crisis

This special issue will consist of 25-35 articles on current research and policy focusing on the Global Waste Plastic Crisis. Research on innovations recycling, circular economy, legal challenges, waste to energy, and LCA will be included. We invite papers on topics focusing on the following areas:

Technological Innovations

  • Waste Valorization
  • Chemical Recycling
  • Selective Solvent Extraction
  • Mechanical Recycling
  • Plastic Waste to Energy
  • Toxicology of Plastic Additives
  • Alternative Uses for Plastic Waste

Policy Innovations

  • New regulatory needs 
  • Circular Economy
  • Waste Management
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Legal Issues


Guest Editor:

Jeffrey R. Seay, PhD, PE
PJC Board of Trustees Engineering Professor
Professor of Chemical Engineering
University of Kentucky, Paducah, Kentucky, USA
Email: jeffrey.seay@uky.edu


Tentative Schedule:

  • Deadlines for first submission: 31 December, 2020
  • Completion of the 1st review process: 28 March, 2021
  • Revised paper submission: 1 May, 2021
  • Completion of the 2nd Review Process: 31 June, 2021
  • Final paper submission: 30 July, 2021
  • Paper Acceptance: 31 August, 2021


Submit your paper and select the category “The Waste Plastic Crisis” via: https://www.editorialmanager.com/ctep/default.aspx. Please contact the guest editor or the interim Publishing Editor (Johanna.Schwarz@springer.com) for any queries.