Environmental Context

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


Today’s environmental concerns are related to the population and its consumption of resources, which have led to significant environmental and global changes, such as climate change and resource overexploitation. The solid waste management, in an integrated way, has been capable of influencing and contributing to the solution of such challenges. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the environmental context which is the role of waste management, focusing on waste collection, in such context. It leads to further magnifying the importance of the contributions that each waste management operation – collection, recycling, treatment, recovery, and disposal – alone and together, can bring to the environmental challenges.


Waste collection Circular economy Zero waste Sustainable development Eco-cities Climate change Resource scarcity 


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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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