Future Perspectives

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


The ultimate challenge that solid waste management needs to comply in the future is the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The adoption of the agenda by the United Nations in 2016 intends to transform the way how the world has evolved. Seventeen goals decomposed in 169 targets are listed to ensure a better world for all, with poverty alleviation, human well-being, and environmental protection in new and more integrated ways (Dermatas, Waste Manag Res 35: 453–455, 2017; UN, Sustainable development goals – 17 goals to transform our world. United Nations. Available via, 2016). Discussing the way how solid waste management can contribute to improving sustainable development and how solid waste management can be shaped to answer to this call was the intention of this section.


Consumption Economic growth Environmental impacts Production Recycling Resource use SDGs SWM 


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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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