Advances in Environmental and Engineering Research (AEER) is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. This periodical is devoted to publishing high-quality peer-reviewed papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research in all areas of environmental science and engineering. Work at any scale, from molecular biology through to ecology, is welcomed.

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  • Atmospheric pollutants
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  • Environmental microbiology
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Current Issue: 2023  Archive: 2022 2021 2020

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.