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Special Issue

Opportunities and Challenges in Governing Plastics Waste

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2022 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Rosalind Malcolm, PhD, Barrister, Professor of Law

Director of Governing Plastics Network; Chair of the Special Interest Group on Plastics in the Environment, Co-Director of the Surrey Centre for International and Environmental Law, School of Law, University of Surrey, England

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Research interests: regulatory frameworks for environmental management, compliance and enforcement; ecodesign laws; governance of plastics waste; operationalising rights to water and sanitation; property rights in environmental media

Katrien Steenmans, PhD, postdoc

CirCus project postdoc at the Centre for Private Governance (CEPRI), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

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Research interests: EU environmental law; Waste law; Law and the circular economy; Blockchain technology and governance; Climate finance law; Property rights in waste; Property rights for promoting transitions towards circular economies; Industrial symbiosis; Extended producer responsibility

About the topic:

Huge amounts of plastics waste are being produced, with half of all plastic produced designed to be used only once before being discarded. Much of this waste escapes into our natural environment with growing evidence on the subsequent hugely negative impacts, including deadly impacts on wildlife and the detrimental effects on our human health as a result of plastics waste ending up in our food chains. There is therefore a critical need to govern plastics waste in such a way that its production is minimized or, where its generation is inevitable, that circular plastics economies are developed (i.e. plastics are reused, recycled, or recovered instead of linear take-make-dispose approaches). This Special Issue seeks to contribute to this need by calling for papers on, but not limited to, the following:

  • Strengths and limitations of current policy and regulatory frameworks governing plastics waste;
  • Regulatory measures for enhancing circular economies for plastics;
  • Incorporating life-cycle approaches into the governance of plastics;
  • Justice and equity implications of circular plastics economies; and
  • The role of technology in promoting sustainable plastics waste management.

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Open Access Review

Valorization of Plastic Wastes for the Development of Adsorbent Designed for the Removal of Emerging Contaminants in Wastewater

Received: 28 August 2023;  Published: 29 December 2023;  doi: 10.21926/aeer.2304055


Plastic waste accrual in the environment has been identified as the topmost significant global issue related to modern civilization. Traditional waste disposal methods, such as open burning, landfilling, and incineration, have increased greenhouse gas emissions in economic and material losses. Unless immediate action is made to curtail demand [...]
Open Access Short Communication

Using Plastic Wastes to Exemplify Justice Dimensions of Extended Producer Responsibility

Received: 20 December 2022;  Published: 10 March 2023;  doi: 10.21926/aeer.2301024


Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) places liability, physical, financial, and/or informative responsibility for a product throughout its life cycle on its producer. Implementing such schemes is expected to result in many environmental and social benefits. Yet, academic and practitioner discussions on the mechanisms focus on environmental [...]