MatER + Final Sinks Meeting 2021 | 8/6 Program

MatER & Final Sinks Meeting 2021 | 7-8-9 June

Recovery & Final Sinks for an Effective Waste Management

9:15 Virtual Room Opening

PLENARY SESSION 3 : Material Recovery

Chairman: prof. Stefano Cernuschi (Politecnico di Milano)


KEYNOTE LECTURE Comparing the costs and benefits of virgin and urban mining

Xianlai Zeng, Tsinghua University (China)

Presenting Author: Xianlai Zeng
State Key Joint Laboratory of Environment Simulation and Pollution Control, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

Dr. Xianlai Zeng is an Associate Professor at the School of Environment at Tsinghua University. His areas of specialization and interest include urban mining, e-waste management, resource sustainability, and circular economy. Regarding urban mining, he established the method to measure the recyclability and recycling of e-waste and developed many key pilot processes to recover metals. Regarding metal sustainability, he also established some methods to identify the sustainable utilization of metals. Nowadays, using the innovative method, he is measuring the global urban mineral (secondary resource) in terms of the reserve, reserve base, and total resource. Totally, he has published around 100 articles, patents, and books. Dr. Zeng has chaired or organized a couple of leading international meetings or workshops on resource flow and environmental management. He has established a close and strong collaboration with many leading scientists in resource and environmental sustainability.

Other Authors: Tongxin Xiao (a), Guochang Xu (a), Eva Albalghiti (a,b), Guijuan Shan (a), Jinhui Li (a)
(a) State Key Joint Laboratory of Environment Simulation and Pollution Control, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
(b) School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511, USA

Keywords: Circular economy; Resource sustainability; Cost-benefit analysis; Urban mining; Virgin mining

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Case studies: Integrated residual municipal waste treatment combining material from waste, organic recovery and energy from waste

Christophe Cord’homme, CNIM (France)

Presenting Author: Christophe Cord’Homme
CNIM Group 35, rue de Bassano 75008 PARIS (France) and ISWA vice-chair of the Working Group Energy Recovery

As engineer of “Mines Paris Tech”, Christophe Cord’Homme began his career at the National Agency for Nuclear Waste Disposal (ANDRA). From 1988 to 1993 he served as project manager for ENTROPIE S.A. to build thermal desalination plants and absorption chillers. Since 1993, he has been working for CNIM group, initially as commercial manager for waste and flue gas treatment. He joined LAB from 2001 to 2007, first to serve as sales director, and evolved as project director, overseeing contract realization. From 2009 to 2012, he took the position of General Manager Delegate of LAB S.A. Member of the board of LAB, he became in 2011, Development Director for the Environment and Renewable Energies sector of CNIM Group.

Keywords: Integrated, residual municipal solid waste, organic recovery, energy-from-waste, sorting

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Inclusion of the quality of recovered materials in waste management LCA studies

Lucia Rigamonti, Politecnico di Milano

Presenting Author: Lucia Rigamonti
Politecnico di Milano, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano, Italy

Lucia Rigamonti is a tenure-track assistant professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Politecnico di Milano. Main research activity is related to Life Cycle Thinking methodologies, in terms both of methodological developments and applications for sustainability assessments, especially in the field of environmental remediation treatments and technologies and circular economy strategies. Co-coordinator of the research group AWARE (Assessment on Waste and Resources). Member of the scientific board of the Research Centre MatER and of the management board of the Italian Network on LCA.

Other Authors: Sue Ellen Taelman (a), Sophie Huysveld (a), Sophie Sfez (a), Ragaert Kim (b) and Jo Dewulf (a,d)
(a) Ghent University, Green Chemistry and Technology, Coupure Links 653, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
(b) Ghent University, Centre for Polymer and Material Technologies, Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering, Technologiepark 130, 9052 Zwijnaarde, Belgium
(c) ETH Zürich, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, Institute of Science, Technology and Policy, Hauptgebäude Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland

Keywords: Secondary resources, quality, substitution, LCA

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Flash Presentation Poster#3Resilience reinforcement and circular transition of cities by role transformation of water system hotspots with EDI technology

Li-Heng Chen, National Taiwan University

Presenting Author: Li-Heng Chen
Graduate Institute of Environmental Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Li-Heng Chen is a Ph.D. student from the Graduate Institute of Environmental Engineering at National Taiwan University. His research focus is on the circular transition and water-energy nexus, which includes improving the resilience of water-energy interdependency systems and resource recovery from manufacturing processes and urban waste streams, as well as the development of circular business models. During 2019 and 2020, he was a student employee at Argonne National Laboratory in the US, participating in the technology development and assessment of recovering water and materials in the urban environment with RW-EDI.

Other Authors: Tse-Lun Chen (a, b), Yupo Lin (b), Hwong-wen Ma (a), Chang-Ping Yu (a)
(a) Graduate Institute of Environmental Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
(b) Applied Materials Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL, USA

Keywords: Urban resilience, Circular transition, Wet cooling towers, Resin wafer electrodeionization

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11:00 Break


Quality constraints for steel scrap recycling– A detailed analysis of scrap quantities and qualities arising the European Union

Johann Fellner, Technische Universität Wien (Austria)

Presenting Author: Johann Fellner
Christian Doppler Laboratory for Anthropogenic Resources Institute for Water Quality and Resource Management, TU Wien

Johann Fellner is Associate Professor at the Institute for Water Quality and Resource Management at TU Wien. From 2012 to 2020 he was heading a temporary research centre for Anthropogenic Resources. The aim of this centre was to develop methods that allow the exploration, evaluation and classification of man-made resources. His research interests are in the field of waste management (recycling, incineration and landfilling) and resource management.

Other Authors: Sabine Dworak
Christian Doppler Laboratory for Anthropogenic Resources Institute for Water Quality and Resource Management, TU Wien

Keywords: Steel scrap, recycling, quality, circular economy

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The environmental performance of enhanced metal recovery from dry municipal solid waste incineration bottom ash

Melanie Haupt, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

Presenting Author: Melanie Haupt
Department of Environment and Health, Unit of Ecosystems and Health, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Viale Regina Elena 299, 00161 Roma, Italy

Melanie Haupt is a Senior Scientist at ETH Zurich in the Ecological Systems Design group since 2020. She has a master’s and Ph.D. in environmental engineering at ETH Zurich. Her Ph.D. thesis focuses on the environmental assessment of resource and energy recovery in waste management systems. Her current research foci include the development of indicators for a sustainable circular economy, the creation of clean resource cycles on the case of plastic recycling and the increased use of resources from thermal waste treatments.  

Other Authors: Mehr J. (a), Skutan S. (b), Morf L. (c), Adrianto L.R. (a), Weibel G. (d), Hellweg S. (a)
(a) Chair of Ecological Systems Design, Institute of Environmental Engineering (IFU), ETH Zurich, John-von-Neumann-Weg 9, 8093 Zurich, Switzerland
(b) Ingenieurbüro Stefan Skutan e.U., Austria
(c) Office for waste, water, energy and air, Canton of Zurich, Walcheplatz 2, 8090 Zurich, Switzerland
(d) Center for sustainable management of recyclable waste and resources, Wildbachstrasse 2, 8340 Hinwil, Switzerland

Keywords: Bottom ash treatment, metal recovery, LCA, resource potential

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Salt recovery potential of calcium-based APCr from MSWI

Ekaterina Korotenko, ICPF (Czech Republic)

Presenting Author: Ekaterina Korotenko
Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the CAS v.v. i., Rozvojová135/1, Prague 6, 165 00, Czech Republic

Ekaterina Korotenko works at the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the Czech Academy of Sciences. She is in the 3rd year of the Ph.D. study. She earned a master’s degree in applied informatics, specializing in optimization and reengineering of business processes. She decided to apply this knowledge to environmental problems and attained a master’s degree in environmental chemistry and technology. She participates in several projects. Her research is aimed at waste management and urban mining, while she likes to combine optimization, modeling, and statistical analysis skills with chemical engineering.   / ResearchGate

Other Authors: Michal Šyc (a), Lukáš Grič (b), Tomáš Baloch (c), Pavel Drápela (d)
(a) Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the CAS v.v. i., Rozvojová135/1, Prague 6, 165 00, Czech Republic
(b) Chemcomex a. s., Elišky Přemyslovny 379, Prague, 156 00, Czech Republic
(c) Pražské služby a. s., Pod Šancemi 444/1, Prague 9, 190 00, Czech Republic
(d) Plzeňská teplárenská a.s., Doubravecká 2578/1, Plzeň 4, 301 00, Czech Republic

Keywords: MSWI solid residues, APCr water washing, salt recovery

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Lions2Life: from waste batteries to sustainable distributed energy


Presenting Author: Filippo Stringa
ERION COMPLIANCE ORGANIZATION S.C.A R.L., Via Messina, 38 – 20154 Milano

Filippo Stringa is a Projects and Innovation Specialist, he supports the research activities in ERION. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Energy Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano University. He is involved in several projects concerning the transition to circular economy in the WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment) / WBA (Waste Batteries and Accumulators) management sector, such as Lions2Life project (Climate-KIC), which deals with the reuse of Li-ion batteries from e-mobility to distributed energy storage. He is involved in the realization of the 2020 Sustainability Report of ERION following the GRI standard.

Other Authors: Luca Campadello
ERION COMPLIANCE ORGANIZATION S.C.A R.L., Via Messina, 38 – 20154 Milano

Keywords: Battery, Lithium, renewable energy, e-mobility

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13:00 Break

PLENARY SESSION 4: Waste to Energy

Chairman: prof. Federico Viganò (Politecnico di Milano)


KEYNOTE LECTURE: Waste-to-Energy roadmap towards the European Green Deal

Ella Stengler, Managing Director of CEWEP – Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants

Ella Stengler is the Managing Director of CEWEP (the Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants) since July 2003. Before that she was the Managing Director of the German WtE association ITAD and previously she headed AGS, a public-private partnership organisation dealing with hazardous waste and waste shipments. She studied law in Germany and France. Ella is dealing with European policy and legislation on waste, environment, energy, sustainability, pollution prevention, sustainable finance etc. Current priorities are the European Green Deal, the Circular Economy, European Energy and Climate Policies.


An industrial symbiosis – based solution to face integrated management of waste and wastewater in large Mediterranean cities

Giuseppe Mancini, Università di Catania


From Waste-to-Energy to Waste-to-Gas – a possible new scenario in the energy recovery from municipal solid waste

Antonio Castorini, TBF+Partner AG

Presenting Author: Antonio Castorini
TBF+Partner AG, via Besso 42, 6900 Lugano, Svizzera (Switzerland)

Antonio Castorini in 1996 optained his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Politecnico of Milan and since 2001 he holds a Master post lauream in Engineering&Contracting at the MIP-Politecnico of Milan. After a short professional experience, he undertook a post-graduate training course. Subsequently he worked for some of the main Italian engineering companies, such as Tecnimont and Foster Wheeler, and then joined TBF+Partner AG in 2006, a Swiss engineering company, leader in the design of complex projects in the environmental and infrastructure fields. Currently he works as Senior Project Manager mainly in Italy in the field of thermal valorisation of municipal solid waste and sewage sludge.  

Other Authors:Paride Festa Rovera, Canali Tiziano
TBF+Partner AG, via Besso 42, 6900 Lugano, Svizzera

Keywords: Energy storage, power-to-gas, hydrogen, methane

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Comparing alternative options for residual municipal solid waste

Lidia Lombardi, Università degli studi di Roma “Niccolo Cusano”

Presenting Author: Lidia Lombardi
Niccolò Cusano University, via Don Carlo Gnocchi 3, 00166 Rome, Italy

Lidia Lombardi is an associate professor in “Energy systems and environment” at Niccolò Cusano University of Rome (Italy) since 2014. She graduated as an environmental engineer at the University of Florence (IT) in 1997 and then she obtained her Ph.D. in “Energy” in 2001 at the Energy Department of the University of Florence (IT), presenting a thesis about LCA comparison of technical solutions for CO2 emissions reduction in power generation”. Her research interests include energy conversion systems with low environmental impact, renewables, energy recovery from waste and biomass by thermal and biological processes, waste management, CO2 removal processes, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and LCA-oriented methodologies for environmental analysis applied to processes, systems, and products. Since 2018 she is one of the associated editors of Waste Management Journal; since March 2020 she is one of the Section Board Members of Energies.  ResearchGate

Other Authors: Matilde Baldi, Giovanni Francini
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Florence, Via Santa Marta 3, 50139 Firenze, Italy

Keywords: WtE, MSW, gasification, methanol

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Flash Presentation Poster#4 – Analysis of working principles of modern controllers in combustion optimisation on forward moving reciprocating grates

Damir Zibrat, Technikgruppe (Austria)

Presenting Author: Damir Zibrat
Technikgruppe GmbH Austria

Damir Zibrat is Business Development Manager of the Austrian company
TECHNIKGRUPPE, and has more than 25 years of experience in international selling and marketing.  Damir joined TECHNIKGRUPPE  in 2016 and has spoken frequently about combustion optimization in waste to energy and biomass plants.  After completing his university education in electro-engineering he was engaged for more than 5 years in electronic development and applications of industrial measurement systems.

Keywords: combustion optimisation.

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15:55 Break


The effect of syngas steam concentration on the tar removal by activated carbons

Carmine Boccia, Università della Campania

Presenting Author: Carmine Boccia
Department of Environmental, Biological, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli. Via Vivaldi, 43, 81100 Caserta, ITALY

Carmine Boccia is graduated in “Environmental Science and Technology” with a thesis focused on a Life Cycle Assessment of a modern Waste-to-Energy plant. He is currently attending the 2nd year of the Ph.D. course in “Environment, Design and Innovation” at the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli. His research is focused on Plastic-to-Chemical processes, with special attention to bubbling fluidized bed gasifiers and hot syngas cleaning methods with activated carbons.

Other Authors: F. Parrillo (a), G. Ruoppolo (b), U. Arena (a)
(a) Department of Environmental, Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, via A. Vivaldi 43, 81100, Caserta, Italy
(b) STEMS, National Research Council-CNR, P.le Tecchio 80, 80125, Naples, Italy

Keywords: Activated carbons, hot syngas cleaning, gasification, steam effect

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Incineration bottom ash potential and utilization in the Czech Republic

Michal Šyc, ICPF (Czech Republic)

Presenting Author: Michal Šyc
Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the CAS, v. v. i., Rozvojová 135, 165 02 Prague 6 – Suchdol, Czech Republic

Michal Šyc has worked at Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Since 2013 he has been Deputy director of the Institute, since 2016 he has also been Head of Department of Environmental Engineering. His research interests are waste management, mainly waste-to-energy and related processes and urban mining. He participated or coordinated several national or international projects. Michal Šyc is an author or co-author of more than 30 papers in scientific journals, H-index 14.  ResearchGate

Other Authors: J. Hykš (a,b), T.Baloch (c), J. Valentin (d), E. Korotenko (a), B. Zach (a)
(a) Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the CAS, v. v. i., Rozvojová 135, 165 02 Prague 6 – Suchdol, Czech Republic
(b) Danish Waste Solutions ApS, Agern Allé 3, 2970 Hørsholm, Denmark
(c) Pražské služby, a.s., Pod Šancemi 441, Prague 9, Czech Republic
(d) Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Thákurova 7, Prague 6, Czech Republic

Keywords: Bottom ash, metal recovery, environmental criteria, legislation

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ESSEVA study by SVDU – Mercury behaviour, monitoring and treatment in Energy-from-Waste facilities

Hubert de Chefdebien, CNIM (France)

Presenting Author: Hubert de Chefdebien
CNIM Group 35, rue de Bassano 75008 PARIS (France) and ISWA vice-chair of the Working Group Energy Recovery

Hubert de Chefdebien is the Director of Public Affairs for Environment and Energy activity at CNIM, a major actor in the field of design and build turnkey Energy-from-Waste plants, sorting plants and composting plants. Chairman of the Technical Working Group of ESWET, the association of European Suppliers of Waste to Energy Technology. Deputy President of CEWEP, Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants and Member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee. Involved in discussions at European and national levels on EU policy and EU legislation. Active member of several Technical Working Groups defining the Best Available Techniques for Waste incineration and other sectors.  

Other Authors: Christophe Coste (a), Pascale Darde (b), Jean-Pierre Huet (d), Lionel Kosior (a), Cédrik Priault (d), Bernard Siret (e), François Vuong (e)
(a) SUEZ
(b) DWE
(c) Valonergie
(d) Véolia
(e) Lab/CNIM

Keywords: Mercury, Energy-from-Waste, Monitoring, Treatment

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17:30 Final Discussion & Second Day Closing

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