Solid waste containing persistent organic pollutants in Serbia: from precautionary measures to the final treatment (case study)

Stevanović-Čarapina, Hristina and Milić, Jelena and Ćurčić, Marijana and Ranđelović, Jasminka and Krinulović, Katarina and Jovović, Aleksandar and Brnjas, Zvonko (2016) Solid waste containing persistent organic pollutants in Serbia: from precautionary measures to the final treatment (case study). Waste management & research. pp. 1-9. ISSN 1096-3669

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Sustainable solid waste management needs more dedicated attention in respect of environmental and human health protection. Solid waste containing persistent organic pollutants is of special concern, since persistent organic pollutants are persistent, toxic and of high risk to human health and the environment. The objective of this investigation was to identify critical points in the Serbian system of solid waste and persistent organic pollutants management, to assure the life cycle management of persistent organic pollutants and products containing these chemicals, including prevention and final destruction. Data were collected from the Serbian competent authorities, and led us to identify preventive actions for solid waste management that should reduce or minimise release of persistent organic pollutants into the environment, and to propose actions necessary for persistent organic pollutants solid waste. The adverse impact of persistent organic pollutants is multidimensional. Owing to the lack of treatment or disposal plants for hazardous waste in Serbia, the only option at the moment to manage persistent organic pollutants waste is to keep it in temporary storage and when conditions are created (primarily financial), such waste should be exported for destruction in hazardous waste incinerators. Meanwhile, it needs to be assured that any persistent organic pollutants management activity does not negatively impact recycling flows or disturb progress towards a more circular economy in Serbia.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: COBISS.ID=512375138
Uncontrolled Keywords: persistent organic pollutants, solid waste, circular economy, waste management, Stockholm convention
Research Department: Sustainable Development
Depositing User: Jelena Banovic
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2016 17:19
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2020 11:47

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