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EP votes YES to add ELFM to Landfill Directive

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On 14-3-207 the European Parliament voted about its position with respect to EU Waste Policy. The so-called “Waste Package” concerns four Directives, incl. the Landfill Directive. For the first time, this Landfill Directive is now to endorse “Enhanced Landfill Mining”.

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A critical review of Swedish governmental commissions on landfill mining

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The Linköping University colleagues of ETN NEW-MINE have just published a milestone paper on policy related aspects of ELFM  in the Journal Environmental Science & Policy. The paper is titled “The institutional capacity for a resource transition—A critical review of Swedish governmental commissions on landfill mining” [N. Johansson et al., Environmental Science & Policy 70 (2017): 46–53http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2017.01.005]. The highlights of ...

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Enhanced Landfill Mining on the rise in Europe

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On February 6-8, 2017 two new EU projects on Enhanced Landfill Mining formally kicked off. In order to announce these two new projects (ETN NEW-MINE coordinated by SIM² KU Leuven & Interreg Europe COCOON) a widely attended press conference was held in Greenville, Houthalen, the location where also the flagship Closing the Circle project is situated. Several tv-reports were developed ...

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Open position for tailings project at KU Leuven

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Vacancy for a Post-doc (or PhD*) position for the SMART project – Sustainable Metal Extraction from Tailings Since the earliest days of the Industrial Revolution, the primary mining and metal processing industry has been and still is landfilling and/or stockpiling vast quantities of metal-containing tailings. Especially the older tailing ponds and associated landfills may represent an environmental and health liability. ...

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Transforming plasmarock from ELFM into geopolymers

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The current paper reviews the concept of the production of high-added value construction materials produced as part of a zero waste enhanced landfill mining process. The calorific fraction of the excavated waste is concentrated to produce a solid recovered fuel, which is introduced to a gasification/vitrification process to be converted to a synthetic gas, a slag and a metal alloy. ...

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