The significance of reverse logistics to plastic solid waste recycling in developing economies

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Plastic solid waste (PSW) recycling can lead to sustainable resource utilization and reverse logistics is a concept that can enable the recovery of this waste type in the supply-chain. In developing economies, informal waste recovery is predominant and in need of recycling and reverse logistics systems to enable sustainable recoveries. The paper analyses studies that have focused on recycling and reverse logistics (RLs) as a way to determine the significance of this relationship to sustainable resource utilization and waste management. The study has identified a number of merits in implementing reverse logistics systems and these can benefit the developing economies. Nevertheless, most of the studies analyzed have been conducted in developed economies were plastic waste recycling and reverse logistics are in existence. The study identified no studies on reverse logistics and plastic recycling in Africa and therefore recommended that more research is needed on this topic to enable plastic manufacturing companies and waste managers make sustainable decisions and systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1013-1019
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Issue numberOCT
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventIEOM Bogota Conference / 1st South American Congress 2017 - Bogota, Colombia
Duration: 25 Oct 201626 Oct 2016


  • Plastics
  • Recycling
  • Reverse logistics
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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