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EU Training Network for Resource Recovery through Enhanced Landfill Mining

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.

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Address

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 897 840

Participants (9)

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RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 498 432,96

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 250 560

MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 255 934,08

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 258 061,32

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 375 737,91

LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 373 517,37

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 417 460,59

RENEWI VALORISATION & QUARRY

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 250 560

ITALCEMENTI FABBRICHE RIUNITE CEMENTO SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 258 061,32

Partners (7)

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ScanArc Plasma Technologies AB

Stadler Anlagenbau GmbH

JM RECYCLING NV

ASA Abfall Service Halbenrain GesmbH

BERGISCHER ABFALLWIRTSCHAFTSVERBAND

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 721185

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2016

  • End date

    31 August 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 836 165,55

  • EU contribution

    € 3 836 165,55

Coordinated by:

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium