Topics

The Symposium will include the following topics:

1. EDUCATION AND SOCIAL ASPECTS

  • Takeback programs (refund, service sharing, leasing concepts, etc)
  • Recirculation pathways and markets
  • Waste and wastewater avoidance and management programs
  • Communication campaigns
  • Educational private and public projects


2. VALORIZATION OF MATERIALS AND RESOURCES

  • Sources and characterization of materials in urban areas (MSW, commercial waste, WEE, municipal sewage sludge, construction and demolition waste, food waste, scrap tires)
  • Automotive shredded residues treatment and reuse
  • Oil recovery, treatment and reuse
  • Water and wastewater reuse programs


3. APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY FOR MATERIALS RECOVERY

  • Technologies for the extraction of valuable materials
  • Landfill mining
  • Water and wastewater recovery technologies
  • Sewage sludge materials recovery
  • Biorefinery for material recovery


4. ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL ASPECTS

  • Waste disposal fee
  • Financial incentives
  • Effectiveness of bans and fines


5. POLICY AND LEGAL ASPECTS

  • Technical regulations on ‘End of waste’
  • Regulation addressing the transportation of raw waste materials (national and international transport)
  • National and local regulations


6. TOOLS AND INSTRUMENTS FOR URBAN MINING ENHANCEMENT

  • Techniques of waste segregation
  • Separate collection
  • LCA and Environmental Impact assessment


7. CRITICAL EMERGENT ASPECTS

  • Fate of contaminants in recycling
  • Carbon and water footprint of material recycling
  • Urban mining: cost-benefit analysis


8. WASTE ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN SPACE

  • Waste community centres (Ecopoints, Tip shops, Waste Banks)
  • Recovery of abandoned urban areas


9. URBAN MINING AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY CONCEPTS IN EMERGING AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES