Special Issue: THESSALONIKI 2021 Conference

Special Issue: Waste Management & Valorization – THESSALONIKI 2021 Conference

This Special Issue of WASTE & BIOMASS VALORIZATION addresses advances in waste management and novel knowledge in order to explore valorization routes for a large series of waste streams and residues and promote circular economy and symbiotic networks in practice. Different waste streams are considered, e.g. municipal waste (biowaste, metals, plastics, paper, glass, residual waste), industrial waste streams and residues including agricultural residues and residues originating from the food industry. Emphasis is also given to construction and demolition waste, critical raw materials and plastics. A wide range of technologies including chemical, biological and thermal ones can be used towards this direction. A lot of applied research is progressing in the field of making new added value products with several alternative uses in our everyday life based on innovative and cost-effective new processes gradually replacing traditional refineries using fossil fuels with modern biorefineries starting from alternative feedstocks and utilizing biodegradable organic substrates. Advanced processes and bioprocesses are developed and some of them have already reached commercial stage.

Although the new era of bioeconomy is here in front of us, we still have to deal with many types of barriers, not only technical and technological, but also social and financial ones. The market analysis and the provision of suitable economic incentives could speed up the attempts for promotion of waste valorization and resource efficiency. In this way, less materials will actually end up in landfills, decreasing the relevant environmental burden, enhancing the protection of the environment and public health and at the same time offering new prospects and opportunities for new jobs with significant economic & social benefits for the global community. Apart from material reuse and recycling and material valorization in general, the concept of energy recovery from waste can also provide effective and ambitious ways of waste management and that is why the role of biofuels and biogas is also considered important today. Also, the energy recovery through thermal treatment of waste residues is significant in order to avoid landfilling.


Prof. Maria Loizidou, National Technical University of Athens, School of Chemical Engineering, Unit of Environmental Science & Technology; e-mail: mloiz@chemeng.ntua.gr


15 December 2021: deadline for manuscript submission via the journal’s online system


Manuscripts should be original and written in English. The suggested length per research article is up to 10,000 words, excluding references.

Submission requires that the author has to confirm that the manuscript has not been submitted for review or publication elsewhere and that it will not be submitted elsewhere while the review process is underway.

All papers will go through external peer review by at least two experts; in the cover letter that accompanies the article, please suggest a number of reviewers’ names.

Papers should be submitted via https://www.editorialmanager.com/wave/.

Please indicate that this is a submission for the “THESSALONIKI 2021 Conference” special issue on the author checklist during the submission process.

Details and guidelines about the preparation of the manuscript can be obtained from the journal's webpage at https://www.springer.com/journal/12649/submission-guidelines.


Please note this special issue is limited only to papers presented at the THESSALONIKI 2021 conference.