Author Archives: Piet Wostyn

The action begins: Digging for waste

Digging for waste2

After some months of hard work, planning and coordinating all necessary activities, the work package 1 (WP1) began with the first field landfill mining activities at a municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill located in Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium. This was possible due to the smooth collaboration between Renewi Belgium S.A. (operator of the landfill), Stadler Anlagenbau GmbH and the research fellows from ...

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All about characterization: May the Force be with New-Miners


Manufacturing industries’ challenges and needs are powerful driving forces to stimulate scientific innovation. The industrial exploitation of scientific knowledge is a key aspect of modern research and constitute a highway to transfer scientific breakthroughs and discoveries back into society in the form of advanced products and services. Promoting this symbiotic relation is at the core of many European research programs ...

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Early bird registration deadline ELFM IV: December 1st, 2017


Over the past few years Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) has gained considerable momentum, as corroborated by the initiation of three EU-funded ELFM-related projects (ETN NEW-MINE, Interreg RAWFILL and COCOON), the rise of EURELCO, widespread press attention and the recent endorsement of the ELFM concept in the “waste package”, which was formally approved by the European Parliament on March 14, 2017. ...

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ESR in the picture: Cristina Garcia Lopez at RWTH Aachen


On the occasion of highlighting the innovative research of the NEW-MINE project, one of our ESRs, Cristina, was put in the spotlight at RWTH Aachen. In a long and frequently ‘liked’ facebook post, Cristina was able to explain her research about re-excavating old landfills in order to convert a portion of the dumped waste into products, or to use the ...

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Walking on Waste

The water treatment plant at the REMO site

Hi, I am Paul, ESR 15. I wanted to let you in on my experiences during my first secondment in May and June at the REMO landfill. For me, this was a new experience. I have never visited a landfill before – have you? – and I was quite impressed, I have to say. First of all, it is BIG. ...

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New-Mine consortium discovers Aachen during second network-wide event (19-22 September 2017)

Group picture of the New-Mine consortium (Aachen, Sept. 2017)

On September 19, the ESRs of ETN NEW-MINE gathered in Aachen, Germany, for the second network-wide event. On Tuesday, a workshop on communication skills and pitch presentations was presented by one of the ESRs themselves, Giovanna Sauve. Afterwards, the Researchers Council adjourned to discuss any issues they wanted to bring to the attention of the Supervisory Board. The next day, ...

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On the Top of a Landfill – At the Start of a Project

Visiting an old part of the landfill in Mont-Saint-Guibert that is already closed: Geophysical measurements are planned at this location.

During the last weeks we were planning the upcoming geophysical field work at two different landfill sites, the landfill site close to Mont-Saint-Guibert and the Remo landfill in Houthalen-Helchteren, both located in Belgium. We, that is me and my two supervisors Professor Marc van Meirvenne and Ellen van de Vijver, all work at Ghent university at the department of soil ...

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Second Network-wide Event takes place in Aachen (September 2017)


The 2nd Network-wide Event of ETN NEW-MINE takes place from 19 till 22 September 2017 in Aachen (Germany). During the meeting, the 15 recruited Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and their supervisors, together with representatives of the partner organisations and the project management, will monitor the progress of the research project of NEW-MINE. Additionally, a field trip to the nearly Beppe landfill ...

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Taking a sensor based sorting machine into operation

Figure 2: Sensor based sorting machine at the AVAW, Montanuniversitaet Leoben

Nowadays the waste everybody causes is collected and mechanically processed in treatment plants with state of the art technology. Such machines can be screens, magnetic and sensor based sorting technologies as well as ballistic separators or windsifters. But these high-end machines are not used in the field of landfill mining yet. One of the main tasks of work package 1 ...

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