Supporting a new circular economy for RAW materials recovered from landFILLs

To optimise (re)use of material and natural resources in NWE

Project Summary

According to EU Landfill Mining Consortium EURELCO NWE region has ~ 100,000 landfill (LF) sites.Most of these sites lack state-of-the-art environmental protection systems,leading to local pollution,land-use restrictions & global impacts. Fortunately, this problem can be transformed into an opportunity, as large volumes of resources (materials,energy & land area) in these LF can be recovered through LF Mining (LFM). In order for LFM to be widely implemented in the NWE region RAWFILL tackles the remaining barriers. The main challenge for stakeholders is the profitability risk due to the lack of reliable data on the recovery potential of LF. Even in the NWE region, inventories of the 100,000 LFs are inadequate, as they lack relevant data on LFs economic potential (quantity,quality & value of materials). Furthermore, traditional LF exploration methods are prohibitively expensive as they require analysis of multiple excavated waste samples.RAWFILL develops 1) an evidence-based,cost-effective standard LF inventory framework (EIF) , 2) innovative LF characterisation by geophysical imaging and guided sampling demonstrated on 2 pilot sites and 3) an associated Decision Support Tool (DST) to allow smart LFM project prioritisation.To interact with the stakeholder community,RAWFILL relies on (digital) promotional & technical materials and participates at/organises public events & training.To sustain long term roll-out of profitable LFM projects, RAWFILL institutes dedicate topic groups, installs & maintains an electronic library, trains ambassadors and ensures academic and extracurricular training.The impact of RAWFILL is guaranteed by long term involvement of all RAWFILLs partners/associated partners&key stakeholders.Beneficiaries are public&private LF owners, their managers&operators.After 10 years, 60 profitable LFM projects, throughout NWE, are expected to have been launched leading to the recovery of 15 Mtons of valuable materials & the creation of 1.500 jobs  

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Société Publique d'Aide à la Qualité de l'Environnement 38 Bvd.d'Avroy
Name Email Country
Openbare Vlaamse Afvalstoffenmaatschappij Belgium
Bergischer Abfallwirtschaftsverband Germany
Université de Liège Belgium
Natural Environment Research Council United Kingdom
Vzw i-Cleantech Vlaanderen – Innovatie in cleantech Belgium

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