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P34. From waste to resource: the contribution of the mineralogy to waste management


Congressi SGI-SIMP

  • Ernesto Mesto – Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro
  • Mario Tribaudino – Università degli Studi di Torino
  • Giovanni de Giudici – Università degli Studi di Cagliari
Mineral resource exploitation and industrial processing produce a significant amount of wastes (mineral tailings, incinerator bottom and fly ashes, metal slags, residues of the ceramic industry, etc.) which could represent a serious environmental danger but also provide a potentially strategic supply of secondary raw materials.  The chemical and physical characterization of mine and industrial wastes plays a key role for recovery and recycling purposes and in general for a sustainable waste management.
The session addresses contributions related to mineralogical and geochemical characterization of different types of mine and  industrial residues, highlighting the role of  mineralogy to promote their use in the reduction of the environmental impact, in a circular economy perspective.
Mineralogy of wastes,  secondary raw materials, waste management, circular economy