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NEW TOPIC & NEW CALL:
WASTE MANAGEMENT IN EMERGENCIES
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed considerable pressure on the waste management system and has challenged the Circular Economy, highlighting the already clearly evident contradictions and fragilities of the system. The health emergency is not the only emergency that results in a significant variation in the quantity and quality of waste to be disposed of. Developing effective emergency plans for extraordinary waste management, in relation to any possible emergency, is of crucial importance. >> read more



The Symposium will include the following topics:

1. EDUCATION, COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL ASPECTS

  • Minimisation and ecodesign >> read more
  • Participatory approaches and dispute management >> read more
  • 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, WEEE, 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 >> read more
  • 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’ >> read more
  • 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
  • Waste and health
  • Digestate management and human health >> read more


8. WASTE ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN SPACE >> read more

  • Waste architecture and Circular Economy (Reuse centres, Ecopoints, Tip shops, Waste Banks)
  • Recovery of abandoned urban areas
  • Integration of pneumatic waste collection system in the urban space
  • Design of facilities for separate collection systems


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

10. CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN TEXTILES AND APPAREL >> read more

11. BLUE TECHNOLOGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE CIRCULAR ECONOMY >> read more