• Ana Pires
  • Graça Martinho
  • Susana Rodrigues
  • Maria Isabel Gomes


The statistics are precise: the population is increasing, and, consequently, the amount of waste generated in the entire world is increasing, ending at open dumpsites, with reduced recycling and recovery. The missing of integrated solid waste management systems that ensure controlled management, where environmental and health risks are reduced and where the waste system drives economic growth and social progress, are major challenges for science and engineering. This chapter intends to emphasize the essence of sustainable development in the collection and management of waste, how to make part of the waste management, and how it can constitute the framework of a usual integrated solid waste management. Case studies that show how to promote the sustainable waste collection and, consequently, solid waste management are introduced in the subsequent chapters.


Sustainable development Waste collection ISWM Waste flows SDGs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Pires
    • 1
  • Graça Martinho
    • 1
  • Susana Rodrigues
    • 1
  • Maria Isabel Gomes
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Sciences and TechnologyUniversidade NOVA de Lisboa (FCT NOVA)CaparicaPortugal

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