Martina de Marcos
Martina De Marcos Holmberg
Role: 
MPhil candidate
Field of Research: 
Waste – Remote communities - plastic

National waste management plans do not usually include remote areas. Remote communities usually manage their waste in situ, either by burning, burying or disposing of it in streams. These three management methods are detrimental for the environment. Given that almost half of the world’s population lives in remote areas, addressing these waste management issues should be a priority. This research aims to develop efficient and profitable strategies to allow for remote communities to manage their plastic waste. The strategies are essential as plastics do not biodegrade, they float and harm animals and marine environments; plastic waste can lower the touristic value of a region and cause harm in human health.

Supervisor: Professor Graciela Metternicht