Region: Municipality of Polygyros
Life Reclaim - Landfill mining pilot application for recovery of invaluable metals, materials, land and energy
The objectives of material and/or energy recovery are widely known today in the waste processing industry and precede disposal, but have not been so far utilized in connection to (a) a wider program of waste post-disposal processing and (b) material beneficiation for valuable metals, by means of ore processing methods.
The consortium consists of:
- ENVECO S.A. (as the Coordinating Beneficiary) and
- Municipality of Polygyros (Greece),
- National Technical University of Athens and
- Helector S.A. (as Associating Beneficiaries)
The Project has a total duration of 3 years, it is being 50% co-financed by the European Commission and the overall budget is 1,377,004 € (euro).
The Project basic objective is to turn landfill mining (LFM) into a useful tool for the recovery of:
- useful materials, especially ferrous and non-ferrous metals
- space, which equals to extra landfill capacity and lifetime in cases of expansion
- soil material, which has been disposed off along with the waste and which is a natural resource valuable to local ecosystems as well as to landfill industry itself
- recyclable materials, like plastic and paper products, which can be either post-processed in a suitable recycling plant or burned in modern incinerators
- land, in the case of old landfills, which will lead to a successful rehabilitation scheme with minimal environmental footprint which, can be easily adapted to different waste compositions and site conditions.
At the same time, the Project objectives include the familiarization of the public with the issue of waste post-disposal processing and the potential of the procedure for metal recovery (thus lessening the need for mining interventions) and site rehabilitation, resulting in a cleaner environment and rational waste management.
Specifically, the Project is expected to bring the following results:
- Web GIS database for operational landfills and dump-sites in Greece combined with a Website during and after the duration of the Project, connected with the web-GIS database application
- Processing of at least 1000 c.m. of waste for the production of different concentrate samples
- Two field environmental economics surveys on the acceptance of LFM
- Action plan on national level for LFM and Strategic Environmental Assessment on national level
- Socioeconomic analysis of LFM
- Publication of one bilingual book/album on LFM
- Dissemination of the experience and information gained, through conferences (2 national and 1 international) as well as through proper dissemination material
For more information, visit: www.reclaim.gr