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isotech environmental research and consultancy Collection and Recycling of Domestic Cooking Oil in Cyprus - InnovOleum: A Driving Force towards a Sustainable Future
Collection and Recycling of Domestic Used Cooking Oil (UCO) through a Social, Reverse Logistics System.
InnovOleum which is developed by the Cypriot SME Isotech Ltd and run by the non-governmental organisation, AKTI Project and Research Centre, is a solution to the management of UCO that propagates knowledge, raises awareness on renewable energy from advanced and sustainable biofuel production, and provides an alternative route for UCO that benefits schools and the environment. UCO produced in households is collected and recycled through schools via the InnovOleum social reverse logistic system. InnovOleum began as a pilot in five schools in the Aglantzia area of the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia, in the school year 2012–2013.
IndyStar Landfills and Methane - Do landfills contribute to climate change? What's being done to stop it?
I just want to congratulate Bowman and Gibson for their article on methane emission from landfills. The actual methane emissions from some landfills serving Indianapolis were included in a recent nationwide study of methane emissions from landfills, by N.J. Themelis and A.C. Bourtsalas of Columbia University. Please see more about this study, in your "Context" question below.
Prof. Nickolas Themelis, Columbia University
Waste Management World The long-term legacy of landfilling: Over 150,000 historic landfill sites in E.U.
Across the EU the legacy of that is an estimated 150,000 to 500,000 historic landfill sites – many not built to today’s sanitary standards. A four-year EU funded project investigate the potential to recover materials, energy and land from these sites concluded.
CYRKL Guideline for reducing emissions and benefiting from waste: The 6 steps towards circular waste management
A team of waste experts from the digital waste marketplace Cyrkl has published a guide aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of large companies and reducing their waste management costs. The first company out of many can save 230 000 EUR on closed-loop recycling of plastic boxes, the second earns 534 000 EUR a year by crushing cables. What other numbers does Cyrkl share in the publication? And why does waste management help during the crisis?
White Paper on Municipal Waste IncinerationStefano Cernuschi, Mario Grosso, Federico Viganò, Maria Chiara Zanetti, Deborah Panepinto, Marco Ragazzi, Andrea Magrini and Francesco Lombardi
Statistics on waste production and management in Italy are quite accurate for municipal waste, while in the case of special waste there are more uncertainties. This is partly due to the accounting systems in use and partly due to the characteristics
of the classification system based on EWC codes. Indeed, municipal waste is subject
to accurate accounting and is categorised by a limited number of waste codes (Chapter 20 of the EWC). Treatment processes applied to municipal waste (e.g. sorting, incineration) produce special waste. Consequently, special waste may also
consist of material that is generated from the treatment of municipal waste, as well as from the treatment of special waste itself.
European Suppliers of Waste to Energy Technology (ESWET) Waste-to-Energy has still a place in the EU Taxonomy
Together with the recognition of anaerobic digestion, the broader inclusion of Waste-to-Energy in the EU Taxonomy would have been a positive signal for the whole waste management sector.
UN-Habitat Brief description of Waste Wise Cities Tool
The Waste Wise Cities Tool (WaCT)supports cities and countries in establishing better waste and
resource management strategies, creating business and livelihood opportunities, and transiting
towards a circular economy. Globally basic data on municipal solid waste (MSW) generation and
management is lacking, especially in low- and middle-income settings. This lack of data hinders
the development of management strategies and investments in infrastructure, leading in many
countries to insufficient or absent MSW management services.
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze to EU Climate Law
Under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union agreed on a European Climate Law this morning 22nd of April, 2021. Significant progress had been made on the draft law under the German Council Presidency.
Letter to the WtERT Community from Prof. Psomopoulos, University of Attica, Greece
Survey about waste to energy technologies based on the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP)
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Restricted Exports of Plastic Waste from EU
As of January 01, 2021, stricter regulations apply to plastic waste exports from the EU. Unsorted or contaminated plastic mixtures may no longer be traded inter-nationally. The reason for this is that this waste is difficult to recycle and thus often ends up illegally in the environment. Therefore, only clean and well-sorted plastic waste may be traded.
Kartik Kapoor, WtERT Germany Biomining of a Landfill in Kumbakonam, India
Kumbakonam is a municipal town in Tamil Nadu, India, well known for its farm-based activities. It is also known as the granary of South India. As per the 2011 Census, the city has a population of 0.14 million and stretches over 12.5 sq. km.
Environmental and energy performances of the Italian municipal solid waste incineration system in a life cycle perspectiveFederico Sisani, Amani Maalouf and Francesco Di Maria
The environmental and energy performances of the Italian municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) system was investigated by a life cycle assessment approach. On average the 39 MSWIs operating in Italy in 2018 treated about 6,000,000 Mg of residual municipal solid waste (RMSW) recovering on average from 448 kWh Mg−1 RMSW to 762 kWh Mg−1 RMSW of electricity and from 732 kWh Mg−1 RMSW to 1102 kWh Mg−1 RMSW of heat.
Kartik Kapoor, WtERT Germany India – What is Happening with Dumpsites & Landfills?
There are 3159 operational dumpsites in India as per 2019 data of Indian central pollution control board, dumping approximated amount of 8.5 million tonnes annually (This is claimed value, whereas in reality amount is much higher and data for it is unavailable), it is estimated that more than 10,000 hectares of urban land are locked in dumpsites in India. Most of this dumpsite land is owned by the Municipalities and managed by them or the contracted private players. In addition, there are large groups of informal workers engaged at these sites for recovery of valuables and recyclables.
ESWET IED revision: better implementation for improved waste management
ESWET welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Industrial Emission Directive revision. Better implementation of the IED would further strengthen the waste management sector's leading role in pollution prevention.
Ocean Conservancy Pandemic Pollution – The Rising Tide of Plastic PPE
Personal protective equipment (PPE), e.g. the face covering to avoid the COVID-19, is spread in public and private spaces. Since the pandemics, the amount of PPE production has increased, likewise the amount disposed in the environment, especially in the ocean and the communities around.
Prof. Samet Özturk (WtERT-Turkey) News from Prof. Samet Ozturk, head of WtERT-Turkey: New 3000 ton/day WTE plant in Istanbul
The WtE power plant in Istanbul is expected to be operable in 2021 which will be the first one in Turkey and will enhance the beneficial use of solid waste in Turkey.
Nickolas J. Themelis, President of Global WtERT Council Meeting of Prof.Themelis with the First Lady of Turkey about WtE potential in Istanbul
On September 26, 2018, Prof. Themelis of GWC made a presentation to UN-visiting 1st Lady of Turkey and to Minister of the Environment, Prof. Birpinar, regarding the potential and benefits of WTE, for Turkey. The good news is that a one-million ton WTE plant is scheduled to start operation in Istanbul later this year.