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SESSION A7 – room 5
NeWS: Circular economy and landfill mining: key concepts to exploit waste as new resources
Chair/ Presidente: G. Dino (IT)

Europe has somewhere between 150,000 and 500,000 landfill sites which represent potentially a significant reserve of critical and secondary raw materials (CRM and SRM). Such “new ore bodies”, from municipal and industrial landfills as well as from mining waste can be exploited through landfill mining. This approach to waste management is closely linked to two pillars of the EU policy: waste recycling and resource preservation.

In this context it is fundamental to highlight that WASTE has to be considered as a RESOURCE. The two key concepts that underpin these new resources are: landfill mining and circular economy approaches.

The discussions and debates introduced in the present networking session are: “state of the art” about EU waste production and waste management ; landfill mining situation across Europe and potential with a UK case study; impacts (positive/ negative) connected to waste management VS impacts (positive/negative) connected to landfill mining; recycling potential of SRM; circular economy approach; SMART GROUND project presentation; landfill mining: the point of view of a MSW management company (landfill and treatment plant); aggregate from C&DW: the point of view of a C&DW recycling plant. Read more


SESSION B7 – room 6
NeWS: Waste flows as information highways of the circular economy
ChairPresidente: M. Bakker (NL), G. Bonifazi (IT)

The rise of sensor technology in the recycling industry for materials sorting and quality inspection in mostly motivated by company economics and efficiency of their own processes. However, in a circular economy a chain of companies supporting a supply chain of raw secondary materials will have to work closely together to meet the material demands of end producers in terms of supply and quality. Sensor data can provide real-time and continuous information to match those needs for which the data must be shared. The main topic and basis for discussions is the question: how can sensor data from waste flows help optimize and economize the full secondary raw materials supply chain from waste collection to recycled product marketing?

SESSION C7 – room 7
Waste to energy
Chair / Presidente: P. Vitale (IT)

M. Rüdlinger, N.N. Vasen (CH)
Modular zero-emission energy plants: bio-residues & waste to energy & synthetic fuel

P. Bartocci, M. Barbanera, M. D’Amico, P. Laranci, G. Cavalaglio, M. Gelosia, D. Ingles, G. Bidini, C. Buratti, F. Cotana, F. Fantozzi (IT)
Thermal degradation of drifted wood: combustion, gasification and pyrolysis tests at the Biomass Research Centre

M. Anzano, E. Collina, M. Lasagni (IT)
Lab-scale pyrolysis of ASR light fraction and product characterization

M. Zubkova, A. Stroganov, A. Chusov, D. Molodtsov (RU)
Municipal solid waste landfills as an energy resource of hydrogenous fuel production for efficient system usage

M. Edo, E.Björn, P.E. Persson, S. Jansson (SE)
Variation of contaminat content in waste wood fuel – A case study ranging over nine years

A. Anca-Couce, G. Cinti, P. Bartocci, G. Bidini, F. Fantozzi (IT)
Use of waste glycerol pyrolysis products in fuel cells


SESSION D7 – room 2
NeWS: Organic waste management in urban context
Chair/ Presidente: G. Spigno (IT)


  • Strategies for the valorisation of urban and industrial food waste and green waste into new high added value compounds. Feasible and flexible solutions: a real possibility or just a dream?
  • Small scale systems for conversion of urban food and green waste into energy and biochar
  • Biochar from urban food and green waste: potential re-applications in the urban context
  • Socio-economic aspects related to recycling of urban food and green


  • To collect opinions and experimental cases on the above
  • To define the gaps to be filled for a sustainable and innovative re-cycling of urban food and green waste.

Expexted achievements:

  • Creation of a working group for the preparation of a review paper on the session topics
  • Development of new ideas and working groups for definition of project proposals under the EU framework and other funding opportunities