New routes and business models for plastic recycling

Global plastic production continues to increase year after year, despite the pandemic and fluctuations in crude oil prices. Since these products are very valuable and durable, the challenge of identifying proper disposal routes for plastic wastes will remain critical for years to come. This presentation will outline the challenge facing society and review the technological and logistical options currently available, finally looking to the future and emerging technologies.

  • Overview of the factors that currently limit the overall capacity of recycling plastics
  • New technologies available to tackle the issue and the role of various stakeholders in the value chain
  • The technical and macro-regulatory challenges that lie ahead in order to fully implement a new market for the recycling of plastics
  • Financial analysis of a project applying a chemical recycling technology, with particular attention to the roles and the importance of the several players in the value chain

Tommaso Rossetti, Product Lead, Petrochemicals, Saipem

Beyond traditional mechanical recycling: Proposals for upcycling, waste to chemical, pyrolysis and depolymerization

The energy transition path requires, amongst other things, new technologies and processes for mechanical and chemical recycling, allowing the replacement of feedstocks of fossil origin with waste. This presentation will explore the development of innovative technologies and processes for mechanical and chemical recycling, including pyrolysis, depolymerization and chemical conversion.

  • What are the main features of upcycling technology?
  • Why upcycling is so innovative and how it departs from traditional mechanical recycling
  • What is the type of waste treated with waste-to-chemicals technology?
  • What is the difference with the combustion process?
  • What is DEMETO?
  • What future developments are in store for SAF?

Antonio Batistini, CTIO, NextChem

Improving the regulatory framework regarding pre-processing of waste for anaerobic digestion

The regulations on pre-processing of food waste for anaerobic digestion are currently not transparent. These differ between regions, countries and jurisdictions/competent authorities. Smicon’s aim is for a united and transparent regulatory approach within the EU, ensuring techniques adhere strictly to those regulations. This gives suppliers to the sector, waste recycling companies and anaerobic digestion companies the possibility to unite their processing techniques and make it as efficient as possible. Current regulations can be improved to reduce the quantity of micro plastics appearing on our fields, and also to reduce and recycle separated pollution from waste streams that currently go to incineration plants.

  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Food waste recycling
  • Pollution in organics
  • EU regulation
  • Pasteurization or hygienization
  • Recycling techniques

Sander Derks, Sales Manager, Smicon

The recycling of sports equipment

This session will explore eleven years of study and investment to reach and develop know-how and the technology machinery to save thousands of tons of sports waste from going to landfill. How we can extend the system in our daily life

  • Sports equipment in numbers
  • Sports industries and their waste
  • A new way to deal with sports waste

Nicolas Meletiou, Managing Director, Eso Recycling

Using an evaporation technique to make the digestate produced from anaerobic digestion reusable

A case study of an anaerobic plant in Belgium using innovative methods to safely re-use polluted wastewater by-products instead of drawing on clean local fresh water sources. This session will present a successful case study of how waste can be converted into a resource.

  • What is the typical feature of a waste treatment facility?
  • What are the possibilities for reuse and recoveries in a wastewater treatment plant?
  • What are the advantages and drawbacks of a closed loop in water recovery? What
    technologies can help to overcome them?
  • What are the evaporation technologies available on the market?
  • How do they apply to the different scenarios in a wastewater treatment plant?

Cristina Del Piccolo, Process & R&D Manager and Chief Technical Officer, Evaled Division, Veolia Water Technologies

An environmental evaluation of a new treatment for tire fibres

End-of-life tires constitute a major component of end-of-life vehicles. Textile fibres represent about 10% by weight of the end-of-life tyres and, every year in Europe, about 320,000 tons of dirty fibrous material must be disposed of as special waste. This results in the negative impacts of increased GHG emissions, pollution, economic losses and public costs. This presentation will be a comparative evaluation of the environmental impacts related to different end-of-life scenarios for textile fibres.

  • Research context and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development
  • The waste problem in Italy, in Europe and the world
  • The involvement of academic research in waste valorization and reduction
  • The analysis of the product life cycle and the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach
  • A successful project for transforming the waste fibre of end-of-life tires into secondary raw materials

Daniele Landi, Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Information and Production Engineering, The University of Bergamo

An environmental and economic sustainability assessment of on-site sterilization

This case study will illustrate the economic and environmental benefits of on-site sterilization.

  • What is the definition of a potentially infectious medical waste?
  • What are the best available technologies and/or practices for treating potentially infectious medical waste? And, Why should countries adopt them?
  • Overview of the medical waste management programme adopted by this case study
  • The impact of developments in the Italian legislative framework in the field of potentially infectious medical waste management
  • What are the main features of Newster’s Integrated Hospital Waste Management Solution?
  • A comparison of two different medical waste management scenarios
  • How on-site sterilization can be an effective solution to reduce both a hospital’s environmental impact and costs in managing medical waste

Benedetta Copertaro, Research & Development Scientist, Newster System

An innovative technology, based on laser pyrolysis, for the effective treatment of tire, bitumen, rubber and plastic waste

Tires, bituminous roofing, cable coatings and plastics constitute categories of waste that are problematic to process all over the world. Despite the many efforts to dispose of them, there is still no established technology that can be considered fully satisfactory. This presentation will reveal the results of joint research between the private technology sector and European universities on the design and testing of an innovative technology which promises to be revolutionary in the treatment of this waste.

Paolo Peri, CEO, Kima Eko Engineering

Improving safety and efficiency in the storage, collection and transportation of lithium batteries through purpose-built IoT

Cities are turning to smart energy management to meet rising energy demands and de-carbonization. We’re heading towards an age of smart cities, with buildings, vehicles and devices needing quick access to power in response to the fluctuating power demands of their inhabitants.

  • Lithium batteries are playing an ever-increasing role in our everyday life and, globally, we are evolving towards an electrified society, with the rise of EV’s, home batteries, battery powered home appliances, and battery-powered tools for tradesmen like carpenters or gardeners
  • With the growing use of batteries comes the growing responsibility of collecting and recycling batteries
  • This is important not only from an environmental point of view, but also from an economic one
  • What will be the solution?

Jan Bogaert, Business Unit Lead, UnitronConnect

Panel discussion: How industry is already making a difference by reducing waste

Senior industry figures will discuss areas in which their companies are already making strides in reducing waste and what plans are in place for the future.

  • Exploring programmes and initiatives that are already making a difference
  • Challenges and trade-offs: what are the practical limits to reducing packaging and other product waste?
  • How co-operation throughout the supply chain can assist in waste reduction
  • Plans for the future
  • What government assistance do industry leaders need to meet strict targets?

Valentina Coletta, Quality Director, Ferrarelle

Alain Dedieu, President, Water & Waste Water, Schneider Electric

Fabrizio Labatessa, Sustainability Project Manager, Novo Nordisk

Senior Representative, METRO Italia