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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Solid waste management of small island developing states : the case of the Seychelles : a systemic and collaborative study of Swiss and Seychellois students to support policy
Authors: Meylan, Grégoire
Lai, Adelene
Hensley, John
Stauffacher, Michael
Krütli, Pius
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-3993
Published in: Environmental Science and Pollution Research
Volume(Issue): 25
Issue: 15
Page(s): 1
Pages to: 14
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Springer
ISSN: 0944-1344
Language: English
Subjects: Policy; Recycling; Seychelles; Waste management
Subject (DDC): 363: Environmental and security problems
Abstract: Solid waste management (SWM) is a significant challenge for the Seychelles. Waste generation, fueled by economic development and tourism, increases steadily, while landfilling continues to be the main disposal path, thus exacerbating the island nation's specific weaknesses. Due to the small scale of the Seychelles economy, there is little capital available to stimulate innovations in SWM and generate the knowledge for setting priorities and guiding SWM action. Students from ETH Zurich and UniSey conducted a transdisciplinary case study (tdCS) to fill this knowledge gap and gain insights into the obstacles and opportunities related to sustainable SWM. The tdCS approach allowed students to gain comprehensive and in-depth knowledge about the SWM system required to set priorities for action and next steps. The government should streamline the different financial frameworks according to a clear principle (e.g., polluter pays principle). Specific biogenic waste streams represent a potential source of energy and fertilizers. Expanding the scope and densifying the network of collection points could help raise recycling rates of other waste fractions. Diverting biogenic waste and recycling more glass, metals, paper, and plastics would also significantly reduce landfilling rates. Regardless of future amounts of waste ending up on landfills, the latter must be reengineered before the surrounding environment suffers major adverse impacts. All these actions imply a government-driven approach which integrates the views of stakeholders and consumers alike.
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Fulltext version: Published version
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Restricted until: 2023-10-01
Departement: School of Management and Law
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