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Plastic Packaging Waste Management in Iceland : Challenges and Opportunities from a Life Cycle Assessment Perspective

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dc.contributor.author Ögmundarson, Ólafur
dc.contributor.author Kalweit, Laura Sophie
dc.contributor.author Venkatachalam, Venkateshwaran
dc.contributor.author Kristjánsdóttir, Rakel
dc.contributor.author Endres, Hans Josef
dc.contributor.author Spierling, Sebastian
dc.date.accessioned 2023-08-15T01:05:38Z
dc.date.available 2023-08-15T01:05:38Z
dc.date.issued 2022-12
dc.identifier.citation Ögmundarson , Ó , Kalweit , L S , Venkatachalam , V , Kristjánsdóttir , R , Endres , H J & Spierling , S 2022 , ' Plastic Packaging Waste Management in Iceland : Challenges and Opportunities from a Life Cycle Assessment Perspective ' , Sustainability (Switzerland) , vol. 14 , no. 24 , 16837 . https://doi.org/10.3390/su142416837
dc.identifier.issn 2071-1050
dc.identifier.other 75775712
dc.identifier.other 5c39338c-250d-4f82-8434-2a379df84a6a
dc.identifier.other 85144995070
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/4400
dc.description Funding Information: This research received funding from The University of Iceland Research Fund and Matvælasjóður (Food development fund) for the project UMMAT (2021–2022). Publisher Copyright: © 2022 by the authors.
dc.description.abstract The management of plastic packaging waste is advancing quickly, and new strategies are being implemented worldwide for better resource recovery. To assess the environmental benefits of new ways of handling plastic packaging waste, we need to first evaluate current waste management options in order to create a basis for comparison. In this study, the environmental impacts of plastic packaging waste handling are assessed for the first time in Iceland using the life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology. The results show that mechanical recycling, despite including the impacts of exporting the waste to different European countries, has more environmental benefits than landfilling the waste in Iceland. Increasing the recycling rates of plastic waste in Iceland is also identified as a promising option from a resource efficiency perspective. With better waste sorting, Iceland can become more environmentally sustainable, ensuring that plastic materials land in recycling processes, and thereby enhancing the flow of material in the circular economy.
dc.format.extent 8991407
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Sustainability (Switzerland); 14(24)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject end-of-life
dc.subject Iceland
dc.subject life cycle assessment
dc.subject plastic packaging
dc.subject plastic waste management
dc.subject Computer Science (miscellaneous)
dc.subject Geography, Planning and Development
dc.subject Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
dc.subject Building and Construction
dc.subject Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
dc.subject Energy Engineering and Power Technology
dc.subject Hardware and Architecture
dc.subject Computer Networks and Communications
dc.subject Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
dc.title Plastic Packaging Waste Management in Iceland : Challenges and Opportunities from a Life Cycle Assessment Perspective
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dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/su142416837
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dc.contributor.department Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition

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