Global Waste Crisis

  • Advances in materials science research in the age of a global waste crisis
  • Working towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals
  • Latest research on recycling processes and waste management 
  • Selected articles and chapters available to read for free


Global Waste Crisis: Recycling and waste management

Recent studies have found that the world is now producing over 2bn tonnes of solid waste each year, with numbers set to rise in the coming decades. With the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) working towards a peaceful and prosperous world, how is materials science research into recycling processes and waste management aiming to combating the global waste crisis? 

Scientific research is integral to advancing recycling processes and developing materials to tackle issues, many of which feed into the SDG targets. The research selected here in particular links to SDG 12 - to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. 

Whether it be transforming waste battery materials into fabricating components for energy applications; discovering the potential of microalgae to help remove contaminants and convert them into useful biomass, or testing key materials for global carbon dioxide recycling, science is at the forefront of innovation needed to create a more sustainable world.

Browse our selected books and journals within our materials and environmental science, energy and engineering clusters below, with chapters free to read until August 31st 2019 and articles available to read until the end of September.

Featured article in SN Applied Sciences

In-situ fabrication of ZnO thin film electrode using spent Zn–C battery and its electrochemical performance for supercapacitance

© SpringerEvery year, extensive number of waste batteries including Zn–C battery end up in landfill, which prolonged the compulsion of waste disposal in landfill and creates environmental and health threat. The transformation of waste battery materials into fabricating components for energy applications, is of great significance for sustainable strategies but it is a challenging work to produce nanomaterials with purity by green methods.

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Featured journals

Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management

© SpringerThe Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management has a twofold focus: research in technical, political, and environmental problems of material cycles and waste management; and information that contributes to the development of an interdisciplinary science in this area. 

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International Journal of Recycling Organic Waste in Agriculture

© SpringerThe International Journal of Recycling of Organic Waste in Agriculture is a single-blind peer-reviewed open access journal published under the brand SpringerOpen, covering all aspects of recycling of organic waste. It is fully supported by the Islamic Azad University, who provide funds to cover all costs of publication, including the Article Processing Charges (APC’s) for all authors. Therefore the journal is both free to read and free to publish in.

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Book highlights in waste management

© SpringerChemistry and Chemical Technologies in Waste Valorization

Part of the Topics in Current Chemistry Collections series, this book contains
relevant works from worldwide respected and well-known leaders on techniques and technologies
used in waste valorization, and to show that chemistry plays an important role in transforming waste to useful resources.

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© SpringerUp-to-Date Waste-to-Energy Approach

This book, part of the  SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series, examines the current need for the maximum utilization of energy from wastes and the associated environmental impacts. 

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Industrial Solid Waste Recycling in Western China

This book introduces the latest results in research and practice of industrial solid waste recycling in China's western regions, where more than 50% of the waste in the whole country was produced.  

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© SpringerFood Waste Reduction and Valorisation

Featuring a transdisciplinary analysis by key experts in the field, this book adds a new dimension to the sustainability assessment of food waste reduction and valorisation through policy analysis.

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© SpringerBiohydrogen Production from Organic Wastes

This book comprehensively introduces fundamentals and applications of fermentative hydrogen production from organic wastes, and summarizes the most recent advances in the field and bottlenecks of further development.

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© SpringerHydrogen Generation from Ethanol using Plasma Reforming Technology

This book, part of the Green Energy and Technology book series, provides an overview of hydrogen production from renewable resources such as ethanol by plasma or plasma-catalytic technologies.

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Book highlights in recycling

© SpringerRecycling of Lithium-Ion Batteries

This book addresses recycling technologies for many of the valuable and scarce materials from spent lithium-ion batteries, and discusses engineering issues in the entire process chain from disassembly over mechanical conditioning to chemical treatment.

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© SpringerGlobal Carbon Dioxide Recycling

This book explores the development of new materials with chemical functions. The author, renowned as the first advocate of power to gas, analyses data on global warming and energy consumption aand introduces the author’s research results on key materials for global carbon dioxide recycling and constructed pilot plants based on them. 

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Source Separation and Recycling

This book presents source separation technologies and related aspects that form the basis for efficient recycling and a modern approach to waste management. It examines legislational drivers and policy aspects of adequate waste collection schemes, as well as segregation technologies and the success factors for their implementation.

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