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Is Enhanced Landfill Mining the missing link to a Circular Economy v2.0?

Is Enhanced Landfill Mining the missing link to a Circular Economy v2.0?

The Detritus Journal dedicated a special issue on resource recovery through Enhanced Landfill Mining (December 2019). It includes the results of the NEW-MINE project. These and other findings will be debated during the Fifth ELFM Symposium on February 6, 2020 in Leuven (Belgium).

Public acceptance of mining and recycling in Europe: six recommendations

Public acceptance of mining and recycling in Europe: six recommendations

Public acceptance or the ‘Social License to Operate’ is widely acknowledged as the biggest financial risk for the mining sector. Six different perspectives and recommendations coming from six different sectors were debated during a satellite event of the EU Raw Materials Week (22 Nov. 2019).

WRF COCOON workshop on landfill management: lessons learned

WRF COCOON workshop on landfill management: lessons learned

On February 26, 2019, the Interreg Europe project COCOON hosted a workshop on “Landfill management: from landfill to useful resource” at the World Resources Forum in Antwerp (Belgium). All presentations are now available.

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.

Welcome to EURELCO

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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