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EU Training Network for Resource Recovery through Enhanced Landfill Mining

Objective

Europe has somewhere between 150,000 and 500,000 landfill sites, with an estimated 90% of them being “non-sanitary”
landfills, predating the EU Landfill Directive of 1999. These older landfills tend to be filled with municipal solid waste
and often lack any environmental protection technology. In order to avoid future environmental and health problems,
many of these landfills will soon require expensive remediation measures. This situation might appear bleak, but it does
present us with an exciting opportunity for a combined resource-recovery and remediation strategy, which will drastically
reduce future remediation costs, reclaim valuable land, while at the same time unlocking billions of tonnes of valuable
resources contained within these landfills. However, the widespread adoption of Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM)
in the EU, as envisaged by NEW-MINE, urgently requires skilled scientists, engineers, economists and policy makers
who can develop cost-effective, environmentally friendly ELFM practices and regulatory frameworks. All this demands
a European commitment to concerted, inter- and transdisciplinary research and innovation. The NEW-MINE project
trains 15 early-stage researchers (ESRs) in all the aspects of landfill mining, in terms of both technological innovation
and multi-criteria assessments for ELFM. The technological innovation follows a value-chain approach, from advanced
landfill exploration, mechanical processing, plasma/solar/hybrid thermochemical conversion and upcycling, while the
multi-criteria assessment methods allow the ESRs to compare combined resource-recovery/remediation ELFM methods
with the “Do-Nothing”, “Classic remediation” and “Classic landfill mining with (co-)incineration” scenarios. By training the ESRs in scientific, technical and a range of soft skills, all based on a collaboration involving EU-leading institutes, they become highly sought-after scientists and engineers for the rapidly emerging ELFM and recycling industries.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016
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Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 897 840

Participants (9)

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 432,96
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 250 560
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 255 934,08
Address
Franz Josef Strasse 18
8700 Leoben

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 375 737,91
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 373 517,37
Address
Campus Valla
581 83 Linkoping

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 417 460,59
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RENEWI VALORISATION & QUARRY
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 250 560
Address
Gerard Mercatorstraat 8
3920 Lommel

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ITALCEMENTI FABBRICHE RIUNITE CEMENTO SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Via Stezzano 87
24126 Bergamo

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (7)

SCANARC PLASMA TECHNOLOGIES AB
Sweden
Address
Box 41
813 21 Hofors

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Stadler Anlagenbau GmbH
Germany
Address
Robert-bosch-straße 4
88361 Altshausen

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
JM RECYCLING NV
Belgium
Address
Ekkelgaarden 16
3500 Hasselt

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
.A.S.A. Abfallservice Halbenrain GmbH & Co Nfg KG
Austria
Address
Hans-hruschka-gasse 9
2325 Himberg

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BERGISCHER ABFALLWIRTSCHAFTSVERBAND
Germany
Address
Braunswerth 1-3
51766 Engelskirchen

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Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments