European Enhanced Landfill Mining Consortium..

… is an open, quadruple helix network that supports the required innovation with respect to ELFM within the context of a transition to a resource efficient, circular, low-carbon economy.

Currently, EURELCO has 58 organisations from 13 EU Member States as members. EURELCO is a network that:

  • maps and shares information on the current level and future potential of Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) projects and programmes in the EU’s Member States;
  • further elaborates Enhanced Landfill Mining and integrates it with both traditional recycling/urban mining and other landfill mining concepts such as temporary storage places, bioreactors and sustainable landfilling;
  • keeps track and stimulates the innovation in science and technology for exploration, excavation, separation/recovery and transformation/upcycling in view of improved resource utilisation efficiency;
  • analyses national and EU Landfill and Waste/Materials Management legislation and develops policy guidelines for improved legislation frameworks (revised EU Waste Hierarchy) and economic incentives in line with the expected public benefits of ELFM;
  • develops and applies scientifically based methods for evaluating ELFM in terms of social, environmental and economic impacts, from a local and regional to global perspective;
  • develops and executes ELFM research, demonstration and coordination projects;
  • disseminates the technological and non-technological features of ELFM to a diversity of audiences.

By 2020 Enhanced Landfill Mining is implemented EU-wide as a key component of a resource efficient, circular and low-carbon economy. The EU’s 150.000 to 500.000 landfills provide for a substantial part of the EU’s material, energy and land needs. ELFM has paved the way for breakthrough exploration, separation, transformation and upcycling technologies that are also used for recycling/urban mining of newly produced waste and residues.

ETN NEW-MINE is a EURELCO project.

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