Waste from cemetery adornment of graves: Management and minimization

Kostecka, Joanna, Pieczonka, Adrianna, Mazur-Pączka, Anna, Garczyńska, Mariola, Pączka, Grzegorz, Szura, Renata and Butt, Kevin Richard orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-0886-7795 (2024) Waste from cemetery adornment of graves: Management and minimization. Journal of Ecological Engineering, 25 (4). pp. 80-95. ISSN 2299-8993

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.12911/22998993/183811


Cemetery waste accounts for only a small amount of municipal waste, but its collection and inadequate management are problematic. The purpose of this study was to identify problems in the operation and logistics of the waste management system through the eyes of the cemetery user and the body responsible for collecting this type of waste. The tradition of caring for and decorating gravestones is significant in the production of cemetery waste. Most waste is generated during the holiday of the dead. The problem is the lack of adequate regulations and a permanent system of cemetery waste management throughout Europe and, for example, Poland. These issues affect both visitors and cemetery managers. Success in logistics of sustainable cemetery waste management can come from canvassing the opinions of cemetery visitors and managers and dissemination of the principles of minimalism.

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