Urban Waste: Visualizing the Academic Literature through Bibliometric Analysis and Systematic Review
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Urban wasteWaste managementCircular economyEnvironmental sustainabilityBibliometric analysisSystematic review of the literature
Mayes-Ramírez, M.M... [et al.]. Urban Waste: Visualizing the Academic Literature through Bibliometric Analysis and Systematic Review. Sustainability 2023, 15, 1846. [https://doi.org/10.3390/su15031846]
The management of solid urban waste is one of the biggest problems currently faced by society and the economy. It can be considered a negative externality that arises as a consequence of the production and consumption processes of industry and society. This study consists of a bibliometric analysis to recognize the articles published and included in high-impact scientific journals, as well as a systematic review of the literature. We have collected 1897 research articles from the Scopus database that have been published between 1981 and 2021. We have identified the main subject areas, authors, institutions, and countries of these publications, as well as research trends in terms of resource management. Our findings show that since the 20th century, there has been quantitative and qualitative growth in this line of research, especially since 2006, and that four main trends have been defined: environment, society, technical aspects, and economic aspects. The economic field makes reference to the circular economy and its link to the objectives and sustainable development goals of the 2030 agenda, in which there is an important need to provide solutions to the problems generated as a consequence of the inadequate management of solid waste.