Using material flow analysis to asses the flows of mismanaged solid waste into the ocean - A case study of Peru

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Marine pollution by human activities has gain more importance over the last decade. Every year more litter ends up in our oceans, generating negative impacts in our ecosystems and our economy. Moreover, media attention has been centered on marine plastic pollution since this type of waste have the capacity to prevalence for longer periods on the environment with little degradation over time. Several studies performed in the last years have exposed the connection between inland waste mismanagement and marine pollution, especially for populated areas located close to the coasts. Thus, this study presents the analysis of mismanaged waste generation, transportation and final disposal from a coastal area. The assessment uses material flow analysis (MFA) as the main tool to understand all processes, and quantify its flows, occurring within the system. Results show that between 44 046 t and 103 844 t of plastic waste are entering the ocean every year. This assessment provides a baseline of the current situation related to mismanaged waste on coastal areas in Peru, allowing the development of mitigation strategies to reduce possible impacts in the future.
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Título de la publicación alojada6th Symposium on Circular Economy and Urban Mining
EstadoPublicada - 1 ene. 2022

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