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From Waste to Energy – Material Flow in New-Mine

In our project 15 early state researchers (ESRs) work together to produce energy from landfill material using a wide variety of technologies. Beginning with excavations and mechanical processing we generate an intermediate product for this purpose, called potential refuse derived fuel – pRDF (compare Figure 1). This pRDF mainly consists of films and plastic bags (2D-fraction) and is supposed to ...

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Attivisti ambientali cercasi (translation of the blogpost ‘Environmental activists wanted’)

(Read the English version of this blogpost here: https://new-mine.eu/environmental-activists-wanted/) “Il giorno in cui i ragazzi guarderanno ai grandi scienziati con la stessa ammirazione che riservano per i grandi musicisti ed attori, la civiltà farà un salto in avanti”. Sono le parole dell’illustre fisico teorico Brian Greene. Ma è davvero necessario che la nostra civiltà faccia questo “salto in avanti”? A quanto pare, ...

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Environmental activists wanted

“When kids look up to great scientists the way they do to great musicians and actors, civilization will jump to the next level.” said the eminent theoretical physicist Brian Greene. But do we really need to reach that “next level” of civilization? It seems that if we want to preserve life, the answer is yes. If we look at the ...

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Short reflection about Waste Generation

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean” – Ryunosuke Satoro. When we talk about waste we are situating ourselves in a context where human beings intervene, since nature itself does not generate waste. In the ecosystem, every element discarded by a living being is susceptible to being used, and in fact it is used, incorporating it into ...

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My PhD in the microwave

One of the main features of the current consumer society, is materials production for mass consumption. This results in the generation of huge amounts of (municipal solid) waste (MSW). The social, environmental and health risks linked to the disposal of waste in landfills has stimulated the European Commission to implement solid waste management policies. The main practices in waste management ...

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Coping with negative feedback

“You said you worked hard? Well, maybe you need to work a little harder. Is that really the limit of your strength? Could the you of tomorrow beat you today? Instead of giving in, move forward.” After many months of article reading, experiments and data analysis, I came out with my first scientific article. Despite reading literature and scientific documents ...

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Upcycling of residues from the plasma gasification of waste

Europe contains between 150,000 to 500,000 landfill sites, from which 90% could be “non-sanitary”. Remediation actions will soon need to take place in order to prevent any environmental and health problem that these non-sanitary landfills could cause. Enhanced landfill mining (ELFM) could be a solution to manage these landfills and also to reclaim land for society benefits. In ex-situ ELFM, ...

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All roads lead to… a landfill

At present, almost all that we consume goes in a direct or indirect way to a landfill, and from there, our waste starts to degrade itself producing greenhouse gasses and leaching a lot of toxic compounds which could contaminate our aquifers, our most pure source of water. The organic material starts degrading immediately, but the other fractions need up to hundreds ...

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Have you ever thought about composting at home?

Since long time ago human kind has practiced composting as a common activity and, therefore, nowadays there are many different techniques available for processing our organic waste and turn it into a natural soil conditioner or fertilizer at home. Such practice contributes to close the natural cycles of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous and avoids the need of the application of ...

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