Providing sustainable municipal solid waste services and infrastructure is particularly challenging in low- and middle-income countries. Deficient services lead to severe health risks and environmental pollution.
Our research embraces the concept of a circular economy based on the principles: a) design out waste and pollution, b) keep products and materials in use, c) regenerate natural systems.
One research focus is on biowaste recycling, as in low- and middle-income countries often more than 50% of the total municipal solid waste is organic and this resource is seldom valorized. Our vision for biowaste management is synthesized here:
Biowaste Management: the key to sustainable municipal solid waste management. Policy Brief No. 4 (2017).