Hazardous Waste Management and Health Risks

Zero Waste Management as Key Factor for Sustainable Development

Author(s): Gabriella Marfe*, Carla Di Stefano and Arturo Hermann

Pp: 159-192 (34)

DOI: 10.2174/9789811454745120010011

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent an important framework to confront different issues such as economic growth, reducing harmful pollution, improving resource efficiency and waste management. Specifically, the SDGs cannot ignore the ever-growing problem of waste. The current economic system favors a ‘take-make-and-dispose’ model of production and consumption, which is no longer possible. For this reason, it is essential a change in waste management. Zero waste is a new concept to face waste management in today's society. It is a wholesystem approach to redesign the resource life cycles so, in this way. it is possible to reuse all materials. Such strategy allows to create a low-carbon resource efficient, resilient and socially inclusive economy, to respect the diversity of ecosystems and to promote biodiversity, which is reflected in all seventeen of the SDGs.

Keywords: Prevention, Reuse, Recycle, Responsibility, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Waste management, Zero Waste.

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