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Selective metal recovery from Fe-rich industrial residues

Selective metal recovery from Fe-rich industrial residues

Within the EU H2020 SOCRATES project, SIM² KU Leuven developed a process to selectively recover lead and zinc from iron-rich jarosite residue of the zinc industry. The work is published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

Why restricting lead (Pb) metallurgy is a bad idea

Why restricting lead (Pb) metallurgy is a bad idea

Recently the use of lead is being called into question by some policy makers. To provide a firm metallurgical background on its crucial role in the Circular Economy, the EU ETN SOCRATES team has just published a new Policy Brief.

5 Lessons learned from 2nd ELFM European Parliament Seminar

5 Lessons learned from 2nd ELFM European Parliament Seminar

How is Europe going to deal with the legacy of more than 500,000 landfills? More than 50 experts debated this question during the 2nd ELFM Seminar in the European Parliament (November 20, 2018), which was hosted by Belgian MEP Hilde Vautmans (ALDE Group). A detailed...

Call for papers for Thematic Issue on ELFM in Detritus

Call for papers for Thematic Issue on ELFM in Detritus

EURELCO and the EU Training Network for Resource Recovery Through Enhanced Landfill Mining (ETN NEW-MINE) call for papers on Enhanced Landfill Mining for a Thematic Issue in the IWWG Journal Detritus (Deadline: 11-6-2019).

Why ELFM needs to be politically acknowledged in Europe

Why ELFM needs to be politically acknowledged in Europe

In preparation of the 2nd ELFM Seminar in the European Parliament (20-11-2018), ETN NEW-MINE has published a new Policy Brief: “Why Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) needs to be politically acknowledged to facilitate sustainable management of European landfills”.

Register for the 6th EURELCO General Assembly (21-11-2018)

Register for the 6th EURELCO General Assembly (21-11-2018)

The 6th EURELCO General Assembly meeting takes place on November 21, 2018 at the Flemish Public Waste Agency (OVAM, Belgium). The GA is organised the day after the 2nd ELFM Seminar in the EP in Brussels. Registration is now open.

Register for 2nd ELFM Seminar in the EP (20-11-2018)

Register for 2nd ELFM Seminar in the EP (20-11-2018)

Three years after the 1st ELFM Seminar in the EP, the 2nd Seminar – entitled “Towards a dynamic landfill management and mining strategy for Europe’s 500,000+ landfills” – takes place on November 20, 2018. Registration is now open.

New PhD on REE recovery from bauxite residue

New PhD on REE recovery from bauxite residue

On July 2nd, 2018, Dženita Avdibegović (SIM² KU Leuven) obtained her PhD degree in Chemistry. She successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled ‘Recovery of rare earths from bauxite residue leachates by functionalised sorbents‘.

2nd ELFM Seminar in European Parliament: 20/11

2nd ELFM Seminar in European Parliament: 20/11

Three years after the first ever Seminar on Enhanced Landfill Mining in the European Parliament, EURELCO can now announce it will organise a follow-up EP Seminar on 20-11-2018, co-organised by ETN NEW-MINE and SIM² KU Leuven.

Two new peer-reviewed papers on ELFM in Detritus

Two new peer-reviewed papers on ELFM in Detritus

Recently, the International Waste Working Group (IWWG) launched a new Multidisciplinary Journal for Waste Resources and Residues. The journal has been named Detritus to convey a truly international flavour (the term derives from Latin). In its second Volume (June...

Can industrial waste be mined and recycled?

Can industrial waste be mined and recycled?

Euronews-Futuris has released a new video on the topic of Enhanced Landfill Mining. What is rubbish for most people, waste is seen as a treasure trove to scientists and waste managers.

Session on the redevelopment of landfills

Session on the redevelopment of landfills

EURELCO was presented in an oral presentation at the specific session on the redevelopment of landfills during a seminar of the brownfield foundation in Ghent (Belgium) on March 28, 2018. The brownfield foundation is an organisation in Flanders that promotes the...

Smartphones, geopolitics and a stubborn Belgian

Smartphones, geopolitics and a stubborn Belgian

The Social License to Operate Symposium (for mining/recycling of metals) was organised in Leuven on February 21, 2018, in the context of the Artefact Festival “This Rare Earth: Stories from Below”.

EU H2020 NEMO project secures funding by the EC

EU H2020 NEMO project secures funding by the EC

SIM² KU Leuven is delighted to announce that the four-year Horizon 2020 NEMO project, which stands for the “Near-zero-waste recycling of low-grade sulphidic mining waste for critical-metal, mineral and construction raw-material production in a circular economy”, has...

ELFM IV Symposium testimonial video now available

ELFM IV Symposium testimonial video now available

The ELFM IV organising committee is happy to share the 5-minute video of the 4th Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM IV) Symposium (February 5-6, 2018). The video integrates a large number of testimonials and diverse perspectives from the European Commission, academia,...

ETN & EIT Summer School “To mine or not to mine” Leuven

ETN & EIT Summer School “To mine or not to mine” Leuven

On September 10-12, 2018, the Summer School “To mine or not to mine – A multi-criteria assessment of the landfill mining of municipal and industrial solid waste deposits” is organised in Leuven (Novotel). The Summer School is a joint initiative of the EU Horizon 2020...

Symposium: Availability of raw materials from secondary sources

Symposium: Availability of raw materials from secondary sources

April, 24, 2018 Geneva (Switzerland) The Symposium reflects on the future availability of secondary raw materials and the need for a unifying global standard – the United Nations Framework Classification (UNFC), to manage anthropogenic resources in a circular economy,...

New Policy Brief on the Social License to Operate

New Policy Brief on the Social License to Operate

Following the Symposium on Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Economy – the Social License to Operate for the Mining and Recycling of Critical Metals (21 February 2018, Leuven, Belgium) the two EU Horizon 2020 projects SOCRATES and METGROW+ joined forces to publish a...

Valorisation of secondary resources: quo vadis?

Valorisation of secondary resources: quo vadis?

On 21 February 2017, SIM² KU Leuven attended in Cardiff (Wales) the closing conference of the INSPIRE project. This project, a collaboration between the universities of Cardiff, Warwick and the West of England, was about the “in-situ resource extraction from waste...

SOCRATES Policy View: Thermodynamic reality check

SOCRATES Policy View: Thermodynamic reality check

Overcoming challenges in the circular economy In this first EU MSCA-ETN SOCRATES Policy Brief, guest authors – Justin Salminen and Sirpa Olaussen from Boliden – provide their view on the challenges with respect to the zero-waste valorisation of low-grade ores and...

SMART GROUND wants to improve information on Secondary Raw Materials

SMART GROUND wants to improve information on Secondary Raw Materials

SMART GROUND aims at improving the availability and accessibility of data and information on Secondary Raw Materials (SRM) in the EU territory. Therefor the consortium carried out a set of activities to integrate all the data form existing sources and new information...

Joint SMART GROUND – COCOON – RAWFILL workshop on 7th February

Joint SMART GROUND – COCOON – RAWFILL workshop on 7th February

Three EU-projects on landfill management and/or mining were presented at the joint SMART GROUND - COCOON - RAWFILL workshop that was held in Mechelen (Belgium) on February 7, 2018. An international public of more than 100 people from academia, policy makers, companies...

Joint RAWFILL / EURELCO working group on 7th February

Joint RAWFILL / EURELCO working group on 7th February

The joint RAWFILL / EURELCO working group on promoting landfill mining policy in the EU was a great success. More than 20 participants from 8 EU member states participated in an animated discussion on (legal) barriers for LFM and legal and policy aspect of LFM. As...

Selective metal recovery from Fe-rich industrial residues

Selective metal recovery from Fe-rich industrial residues

Within the EU H2020 SOCRATES project, SIM² KU Leuven developed a process to selectively recover lead and zinc from iron-rich jarosite residue of the zinc industry. The work is published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

Why restricting lead (Pb) metallurgy is a bad idea

Why restricting lead (Pb) metallurgy is a bad idea

Recently the use of lead is being called into question by some policy makers. To provide a firm metallurgical background on its crucial role in the Circular Economy, the EU ETN SOCRATES team has just published a new Policy Brief.

COCOON workshop at World Resources Forum (26-2-19, Antwerp)

COCOON workshop at World Resources Forum (26-2-19, Antwerp)

In the framework of the iconic World Resources Forum 2019 (Antwerp), the Interreg Europe COCOON project team is hosting the workshop “landfill management: from landfill to useful resource” on February 26, 2019.

5 Lessons learned from 2nd ELFM European Parliament Seminar

5 Lessons learned from 2nd ELFM European Parliament Seminar

How is Europe going to deal with the legacy of more than 500,000 landfills? More than 50 experts debated this question during the 2nd ELFM Seminar in the European Parliament (November 20, 2018), which was hosted by Belgian MEP Hilde Vautmans (ALDE Group). A detailed...

2nd ELFM EP Seminar shows Landfill Directive’s blind spots

2nd ELFM EP Seminar shows Landfill Directive’s blind spots

On 20-11-2018, the 2nd ELFM EP Seminar took place. A full house of experts participated in an interactive debate about developing a dynamic landfill management strategy for Europe. Peter Tom Jones provides a first analysis.

Call for papers for Thematic Issue on ELFM in Detritus

Call for papers for Thematic Issue on ELFM in Detritus

EURELCO and the EU Training Network for Resource Recovery Through Enhanced Landfill Mining (ETN NEW-MINE) call for papers on Enhanced Landfill Mining for a Thematic Issue in the IWWG Journal Detritus (Deadline: 11-6-2019).

Why ELFM needs to be politically acknowledged in Europe

Why ELFM needs to be politically acknowledged in Europe

In preparation of the 2nd ELFM Seminar in the European Parliament (20-11-2018), ETN NEW-MINE has published a new Policy Brief: “Why Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) needs to be politically acknowledged to facilitate sustainable management of European landfills”.

Register for the 6th EURELCO General Assembly (21-11-2018)

Register for the 6th EURELCO General Assembly (21-11-2018)

The 6th EURELCO General Assembly meeting takes place on November 21, 2018 at the Flemish Public Waste Agency (OVAM, Belgium). The GA is organised the day after the 2nd ELFM Seminar in the EP in Brussels. Registration is now open.

Register for 2nd ELFM Seminar in the EP (20-11-2018)

Register for 2nd ELFM Seminar in the EP (20-11-2018)

Three years after the 1st ELFM Seminar in the EP, the 2nd Seminar – entitled “Towards a dynamic landfill management and mining strategy for Europe’s 500,000+ landfills” – takes place on November 20, 2018. Registration is now open.

New PhD on REE recovery from bauxite residue

New PhD on REE recovery from bauxite residue

On July 2nd, 2018, Dženita Avdibegović (SIM² KU Leuven) obtained her PhD degree in Chemistry. She successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled ‘Recovery of rare earths from bauxite residue leachates by functionalised sorbents‘.

2nd ELFM Seminar in European Parliament: 20/11

2nd ELFM Seminar in European Parliament: 20/11

Three years after the first ever Seminar on Enhanced Landfill Mining in the European Parliament, EURELCO can now announce it will organise a follow-up EP Seminar on 20-11-2018, co-organised by ETN NEW-MINE and SIM² KU Leuven.

Two new peer-reviewed papers on ELFM in Detritus

Two new peer-reviewed papers on ELFM in Detritus

Recently, the International Waste Working Group (IWWG) launched a new Multidisciplinary Journal for Waste Resources and Residues. The journal has been named Detritus to convey a truly international flavour (the term derives from Latin). In its second Volume (June...

Can industrial waste be mined and recycled?

Can industrial waste be mined and recycled?

Euronews-Futuris has released a new video on the topic of Enhanced Landfill Mining. What is rubbish for most people, waste is seen as a treasure trove to scientists and waste managers.

Session on the redevelopment of landfills

Session on the redevelopment of landfills

EURELCO was presented in an oral presentation at the specific session on the redevelopment of landfills during a seminar of the brownfield foundation in Ghent (Belgium) on March 28, 2018. The brownfield foundation is an organisation in Flanders that promotes the...

Smartphones, geopolitics and a stubborn Belgian

Smartphones, geopolitics and a stubborn Belgian

The Social License to Operate Symposium (for mining/recycling of metals) was organised in Leuven on February 21, 2018, in the context of the Artefact Festival “This Rare Earth: Stories from Below”.

EU H2020 NEMO project secures funding by the EC

EU H2020 NEMO project secures funding by the EC

SIM² KU Leuven is delighted to announce that the four-year Horizon 2020 NEMO project, which stands for the “Near-zero-waste recycling of low-grade sulphidic mining waste for critical-metal, mineral and construction raw-material production in a circular economy”, has...

ELFM IV Symposium testimonial video now available

ELFM IV Symposium testimonial video now available

The ELFM IV organising committee is happy to share the 5-minute video of the 4th Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM IV) Symposium (February 5-6, 2018). The video integrates a large number of testimonials and diverse perspectives from the European Commission, academia,...

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EURELCO is an open, quadruple helix network that supports the required technological, legal, social, economic, environmental and organisational innovation with respect to the development and implementation of a Dynamic Landfill Management (DLM) framework. The DLM framework includes resource recovery-driven Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) as one of its most advanced components, thereby supporting the transition to a resource efficient, circular, low-carbon economy. Are you a relevant actor working on DLM or ELFM?

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