The leadership of CARTIF in waste management

27 june 2018

In the context of PAVEtheWAySTE, the waste management project, CARTIF has co-organised the 6th International Conference of Solid Waste Sustainable Management (NAXOS 2018), which has taken place in the Greek island of Naxos, with the collaboration of University of Athens, Naxos City Council and Olympia City Council, partners of this project funded by LIFE Programme.

The main objective of this event was to address the sustainable management of solid waste by presenting safe practices and efficient technologies. The conference, which was attended by more than 600 people, served to promote the interest of scientists and citizens and learn about the latest advances in the field of municipal solid waste management.

The PAVEtheWAySTE project research team works to facilitate the application of the framework directive on waste in remote areas, allowing local and regional authorities to improve their results in the recycling of municipal waste. Therefore, during the talks, the experts highlighted the management of waste and the efficiency of the resources on the islands and in the generally isolated and remote areas. CARTIF presented the results obtained in the management of the waste generated in these isolated cores, and the attendees could visit the recycling plant created by the project.

In addition, CARTIF researchers presented other solutions in which the centre works, such as the characterization and treatment of landfill leachates and waste treatment plants of the LIFE LEACHLESS project; the mixed plant model built in the LIFE REVAWASTE project for the treatment of waste of a different origin; and a study on the recovery of nutrients to obtain biofertilizers. Finally, the centre won a third prize for a poster of LIFE VALPOR project, about obtaining biofuels and organic fertilizers from pig waste.

Other topics discussed during this meeting were the separation at source of waste, treatment and valuation of bio-waste, technologies for waste conversion into energy and energy recovery, circular economy, consumption and energy saving, carbon and water footprint, zero waste initiatives, plastics and bioplastics and marine waste. In addition, with the aim of strengthening the bond between applied research and industry, the experts paid special attention to the prospects for recovery and to the products derived from solid waste, such as biofuels, compost or bioproductos.

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