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3rd MatER Meeting - Innovation and Trends in Waste Management

22.5. - 23.5.2017, Politecnio di Milano, Piacenza Campus, Via Sclabrini 76, Piacenza, Italy

The event arises from the fundamental goal of MatER, that is providing a thorough, objective representation of technologies and policies for material and energy recovery from waste, thereby contributing to move toward sustainable waste management. The Meeting aims at being an update on latest trends in Sustainable Waste Management, dealing with regulatory, strategic and technical-scientific aspects.

The meeting registrations are open at this LINK

The program

The two-days meeting will comprise 4 sessions on the following topics:

Day one

Session 1 Strategies and perceptions on waste management
Waste management lies at a crucial interconnection between Science, Technology, Sociology and Economy. Not only does waste require Science and Technology for proper management, but also strategies and behaviors that can adequately handle its impact, promote its use as a resource and give evidence to values and costs. This session focuses on the latest developments in the interdisciplinary, unconventional area aimed at accomplishing a positive vision of waste. For which the capability of communicating what are the real issues at stake has become an overwhelming requirement.

Session 2 Closing the loop: potentials and critical issues
This session will focus on the potentiality of circular economy in reducing the environmental impacts associated with waste management and in increasing the efficient use of resources, through reuse and recycling. At the same time, the critical issues of this approach will be analysed, such as the quality of recycled materials and their actual use in the market, the data availability for the calculation of reuse and recycling targets, and the implementation of effective prevention strategies.

Poster Session

Day two

Session 3 Processes and technologies for energy recovery

This track covers both state-of-the-art energy recovery from waste, and the most recent trends of the sector. Case studies, innovative technologies and scientific studies will be presented. The themes of energy efficiency, environmental and economic sustainability of waste to energy technologies will be discussed also in the light of the next changes in the normative framework (e.g. the revision of the Bref WI).

Poster Session

Session 4 Processes and technologies for material recovery

This session will be devoted to processes and technologies for material recovery from waste, with a focus on emerging critical issues, and on generation and management of process residues. Focus is on materials from separate collection, organic fractions intended for material recovery and residues from energy recovery treatments (e.g. bottom and fly ash of incineration plants).

Key-note lectures will open each session.

A poster session will also take place for each day of the Meeting.

Oral communications as well as posters could be presented in English or Italian, for oral communications simultaneous translation will be provided.

Organizer: MatER Study Center, DICA (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering), Energy Department of Politecnico di Milano


Waste-to-Energy (WtE) facility

Renergia, a brand new Waste-to-Energy (WtE) facility opened in Canton Lucerne, shows that Waste-to-Energy can provide reliable heat for industries.

Category: Incineration / Waste-to-Energy plant
Executing firm: Renergia Zentralschweiz AG

MBT Ljubljana, Slovenia

In Slovenia arises one of the largest and most modern waste treatment plants in Europe.

Category: Recycling / MBT
Executing firm: STRABAG AG

Flue Gas Cleaning

The final unit of the incineration plant is one of the most important parts as it has the objective of cleaning the air pollutants produced.

Category: Incineration
Executing firm: ete.a - Ingenieurgesellschaft für Energie– und Umweltengineering & Beratung mbH

Batch Dry Fermentation

The biogas produced from the waste can be converted in a CHP to electrical and thermal energy or fed as processed bio-methane into the natural gas grid or used as fuel (CNG).

Category: Recycling / Fermentation
Executing firm: BEKON Energy Technologies Co. & KG

MBT Warsaw, Poland

The Bio-Dry™ system is a static, aerated and flexibly enclosed reactor for the biological drying of various solid waste matters containing some biodegradable contents.

Category: Recycling / MBT
Executing firm: Convaero GmbH

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