P41. Mineral science for waste recycle and circular economy


Congressi SGI-SIMP

  • Paola Stabile - Università di Camerino
  • Eleonora Paris - Università di Camerino
  • Luciana Mantovani - Università di Parma
  • Azzurra Zucchini - Università di Perugia
  • Paola Comodi - Università di Perugia
Industrial development generates large amounts of toxic and hazardous waste, usually landfilled, thus representing relevant issues concerning the high environmental and economic costs associated with landfill disposal. Driven by the need to follow EU directives promoting resource recovery and environmental impact reduction, progress has been made on establishing alternative ways of treating waste in the framework of the circular economy policy, based on "closing the loop" by re-utilizing waste for appropriate applications (European Commission-Environment, 2019).
Immobilization of most hazardous waste components, e.g. municipal solid waste incineration, coal ashes, industrial sludges, special glasses in cementitious, geopolymeric, glass or ceramic matrices, allows to avoiding leaching and fostering the confinement of soluble compounds into chemically stable materials.
The session aims to collect current works in research and applications of mineral science, like waste advanced characterization for selective high-grading, new techniques of waste processing and upcycling into new products, mineralogical, chemical, textural and physical properties of new materials from waste. We particularly encourage innovative and multidisciplinary contributions that focus on different opportunities to reduce raw materials extraction by increasing the recovery efficiency at the mining stage and by finding upcycling applications of waste.
waste, mineralogy, recycle, circular economy