Research challenges in municipal solid waste logistics management

Xiaoyun Bing, Jacqueline Bloemhof-Ruwaard, Tania Rodrigues Pereira Ramos, Ana Paula Barbosa-Povoa, Chee Yew Wong, J.G.A.J. van der Vorst

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During the last two decades, EU legislation has put increasing pressure on member countries to achieve specified recycling targets for municipal household waste. These targets can be obtained in various ways choosing collection methods, separation methods, decentral or central logistic systems, etc. This paper compares municipal solid waste (MSW) management practices in various EU countries to identify the characteristics and key issues from a waste management and reverse logistics point of view. Further, we investigate literature on modelling municipal solid waste logistics in general. Comparing issues addressed in literature with the identified issues in practice result in a research agenda for modelling municipal solid waste logistics in Europe. We conclude that waste recycling is a multi-disciplinary problem that needs to be considered at different decision levels simultaneously. A holistic view and taking into account the characteristics of different waste types are necessary when modelling a reverse supply chain for MSW recycling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-592
JournalWaste Management
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Household waste
  • Modelling
  • Recycling
  • Reverse logistics
  • Review
  • Sustainability

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