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Role of Technology in Reducing Bio-waste Pollution from Agriculture, Forestry, Food Industry: Mitigation, Sustainable Utilization, Cleaner Disposal

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Dr. Kamalakanta Muduli, Mechanical Engineering Department, Papua New Guinea University of Technology, Papua New Guinea
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Dr. Jiaqi Ruan, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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Dr. Karthik Chandran, Department of Robotics and Automation, Jyothi Engineering College, India
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Role of Technology in Reducing Bio-waste Pollution from Agriculture, Forestry, Food Industry: Mitigation, Sustainable Utilization, Cleaner Disposal

The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) grants all submissions to this Article Collection the exclusive A&WMA member rate on Article Page Charges and Open Access charges. For more information contact the Commissioning Editor for this journal: Diana Harley-Wenn at [email protected].

Global population expansion resulted in the development of sectors like agriculture, forestry, and food industries.  The amount of waste materials accumulated from these sectors (collectively called bio-waste) is so enormous which demands eco-sustainable management strategies. On failing to adopt cleaner disposal strategies, Bio-waste Pollution poses a great threat to the environment. Conversion of waste to electricity through composting and incineration offers an excellent solution and mitigates the bio-waste with electricity generation. Pilot-scale experiments demonstrated that generating electricity from bio-waste can reduce one-tenth of fossil fuels used for domestic purposes. Fermentation of biofuels (like ethanol, methane, hydrogen, and so on) from bio-waste offers a renewable solution and provides an excellent capacity for looping of resources. Adoption of “effective microorganisms” for fermentation can enhance the production of biofuels by twofold, thereby reducing further waste accumulation. The adoption of nanocatalysts (like zinc nanorods) enhanced biomass conversion efficiency and reduced the processing time even more than before. In addition, the potential of bio-waste to be processed into nutrition-rich fodder offers a greater advantage in sustainable and cleaner recycling of resources. Grass prepared from the waste materials of food industries harbors many essential nutrients and enhances the yield and quality of poultry, animal husbandry, piggery, and various aquaculture practices. Thus, the development of novel conversion strategies reduces Bio-waste Pollution and promotes recycling of resources and acts as a source of renewable energy sources.

Proper adoption of management strategies for bio-wastes can mitigate the dependency on biofuels for various domestic purposes. However, before global adoption, potential challenges and drawbacks need to be addressed. The sorting of bio-wastes is challenging and limits the adoption of several pollution mitigations and recycling strategies. Challenges like the production of foul smells, and unsanitary conditions in bio-waste treatment plants need to be improved. Bio-wastes serve as a reservoir and carrier of many antibiotic-resistant microbes, which needs to be considered while devising management strategies.  In addition, a large knowledge gap in the synthesis of biofuels, bioelectricity, and usage of nanocatalysts limits their performance in bio-waste treatment, which needs to be addressed. In substantially improving the existing knowledge gap, certainly, Bio-wastes can be recycled sustainably and used as a valuable tool for promoting related sectors.

Therefore, this special issue aims to discuss and highlight crucial concepts like biowaste accumulation, solid and liquid waste, biofuel synthesis, bioelectricity, fodder conversion, efficient microorganism technology, composting, landfills of biowastes, and so on. We invite researchers from various fields to present their research papers, reviews, perspectives, and short communications on the role of technology in reducing bio-waste pollution and resource looping.

 

This Article Collection welcomes topics of interest on, but not limited to, the following:

  • Emerging trends in Valorization of biomass and organic waste for biofuels and value-added products
  • Advances in construction of Circular Bioeconomy (CBE) by efficient resource recovery from biowastes
  • Advances in the production of bioplastics and biopolymers from recycled domestic biowastes
  • Adoption of deep learning strategies in the adoption of sustainable systems in looping of resources from biowastes
  • Development of integrated biorefineries for industrial production of biofuels
  • Trends in Development of Bioreactors for Waste to Energy Conversion Technologies
  • Life cycle assessment of biorefineries for adaptive usage of Microalgae
  • Recent advancements in biofuels production from organic waste such as biohydrogen, biobutanol, biogas, biodiesel and bioethanol
  • Research in characterization and optimization of Nano catalyst for remarkable conversion of biomass
  • Trends in Bio-Waste valorization for wastewater treatment and soil remediation
  • Research in production and application of biochar for environmental remediation
  • Refining the roles of government and non-government organizations in reusing and recycling of biowastes
  • Advances in the assessment of sustainable paradigm cases in practice for biowaste management: opportunities and challenges

 

Disclosure Statement: Guest Advisors on this Collection declare no conflict of interest regarding this work.

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All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo desk assessment and peer-review as part of our standard editorial process. Guest Advisors will not be involved in peer-reviewing manuscripts unless they are an existing member of the Editorial Board.

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The deadline for submitting manuscripts is June 10th, 2024.

Please contact our Commissioning Editor, Diana Harley-Wenn at [email protected] with any queries and discount codes regarding this Article Collection.

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All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo desk assessment and peer-review as part of our standard editorial process. Guest Advisors for this collection will not be involved in peer-reviewing manuscripts unless they are an existing member of the Editorial Board. Please review the journal Aims and Scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.