Until the 1990s, technology was the main driver when dealing with waste and residues, the objective being the treatment of waste for (landfill) disposal, storage, and in some cases sorting. In the 1990s, depletion of raw materials and socio-economical concerns supported the direct recycling of waste and residues. However, the direct recycling approach is limited when waste/residues contain significant amounts of pollutants such as heavy metals and organics (VOC, PAH), and when the treatment process to remove/stabilize or destruct the pollutant generates emissions. Due to depletion of natural resources, increasing greenhouse emissions, and awareness of the need for sustainable development in terms of safely reusing waste and biomass, the transformation of waste/biomass to valuable materials and energy (i.e. valorization) is emerging as a strong trend.

  • Waste & Biomass Valorization is the first journal dedicated solely to waste and biomass valorization
  • As such an opportunity exists for a new journal dedicated to the valorization (via chemical, thermal, biological or electrochemical treatments) of waste and biomass to materials and energy as opposed to the treatment of waste and biomass for elimination/destruction
  • 93% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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Issue 12, December 2021

Part 1: Special Issue: REVIEWS - 10th Anniversary WAVE Part 2: Regular Papers

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  • Special Issue: THESSALONIKI 2021 Conference

    This Special Issue, composed of papers presented at the THESSALONIKI 2021 Conference, addresses advances in waste management in order to explore valorization routes for different waste streams and promote circular economy. Indicatively municipal waste (biowaste, metals, plastics, paper, glass, residual waste), industrial waste streams, construction and demolition waste, critical raw materials and residues including agricultural residues and residues of the food industry are among the waste streams under study.

  • Special Issue: Green Chemistry and Engineering Approaches for Waste Valorization

    This special issue is a collection of articles covering recovery of valuable products from waste and its conversion technologies that were presented at the International e-Conference on “Green Chemistry and Engineering towards Sustainable Development-An Industrial Perspective” held during 16-18th June 2021 at Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, Gujarat, India.

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