Exploring essential factors to improve waste-to-resource recovery: A roadmap towards sustainability

Zhang Yu, Syed Abdul Rehman Khan, Pablo Ponce, Hafiz Muhammad Zia-ul-haq, Katerine Ponce

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The increasing amount of waste generation and its adverse environmental effects have become a crucial challenge for the global authorities. Under ecological modernization theory and the circular economy model, resource recovery from waste streams emerges as a practical solution depending on the efficient waste management system. The present research explores potential macroeconomic determinants of waste recovery in the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development countries, covering data from 1995 to 2019. A set of econometric techniques are employed to control the cross-sectional dependence among different variables. Next, the Method of Moments Quantile Regression is applied to analyze the long-term equilibrium relationship of waste recovery with environmental technology, renewable energy consumption, economic growth, globalization, and industrialization. Empirical results reveal the significant influence of targeted variables on waste recovery. Specifically, this study contributes by reporting the positive roles of environmental technology and renewable energy consumption in enhancing waste-to-resource recovery performance. Our findings provide several policy implications for the authorities to promote waste management and recovery towards achieving sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number131305
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
StatePublished - 20 May 2022

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Funding Information:
This research is supported by Beijing Key Laboratory of Urban Spatial Information Engineering (No. 20210218 ).

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  • Environmental technology
  • Quantile regression
  • Sustainable development
  • Waste management
  • Waste recovery


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