Plastic pollution, waste management issues, and circular economy opportunities in rural communities

dc.contributor.authorMihai, Florin-Constantin
dc.contributor.authorGündoğdu, Sedat
dc.contributor.authorMarkley, Laura A.
dc.contributor.authorOlivelli, Arianna
dc.contributor.authorKhan, Farhan R.
dc.contributor.authorGwinnett, Claire
dc.contributor.authorGutberlet, Jutta
dc.contributor.authorReyna-Bensusan, Natalia
dc.contributor.authorLlanquileo-Melgarejo, Paula
dc.contributor.authorMeidiana, Christia
dc.contributor.authorElagroudy, Sherien
dc.contributor.authorIshchenko, Vitalii
dc.contributor.authorPenney, Simon
dc.contributor.authorLenkiewicz, Zoe
dc.contributor.authorMolinos-Senante, Maria
dc.date.accessioned2022-11-18T20:43:56Z
dc.date.available2022-11-18T20:43:56Z
dc.date.copyright2021en_US
dc.date.issued2021
dc.description.abstractRural areas are exposed to severe environmental pollution issues fed by industrial and agricultural activities combined with poor waste and sanitation management practices, struggling to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in line with Agenda 2030. Rural communities are examined through a “dual approach” as both contributors and receivers of plastic pollution leakage into the natural environment (through the air–water–soil–biota nexus). Despite the emerging trend of plastic pollution research, in this paper, we identify few studies investigating rural communities. Therefore, proxy analysis of peer-reviewed literature is required to outline the significant gaps related to plastic pollution and plastic wastemanagement issues in rural regions. This work focuses on key stages such as (i) plastic pollution effects on rural communities, (ii) plastic pollution generated by rural communities, (iii) the development of a rural waste management sector in low- and middle-income countries in line with the SDGs, and (iv) circular economy opportunities to reduce plastic pollution in rural areas. We conclude that rural communitiesmust be involved in both future plastic pollution and circular economy research to help decisionmakers reduce environmental and public health threats, and to catalyze circular initiatives in rural areas around the world, including less developed communities.en_US
dc.description.reviewstatusRevieweden_US
dc.description.scholarlevelFacultyen_US
dc.identifier.citationMihai, F., Gündoğdu, S., Markley, L. A., Olivelli, A., Khan, F. R., Gwinnett, C., . . . Molinos-Senante, M. (2021). “Plastic pollution, waste management issues, and circular economy opportunities in rural communities.” Sustainability, 14(1), 20. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010020en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.3390/su14010020
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/14492
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSustainabilityen_US
dc.subjectplastic pollutionen_US
dc.subjectwaste managementen_US
dc.subjectcircular economyen_US
dc.subjectrural areasen_US
dc.subjectSustainable Development Goals (SDGs)en_US
dc.subjectmicroplasticsen_US
dc.subjectmacroplasticsen_US
dc.subjectopen burningen_US
dc.subjectillegal dumpingen_US
dc.titlePlastic pollution, waste management issues, and circular economy opportunities in rural communitiesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US

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