Waste

Waste

In Europe the pollution produced by a inappropriate management of waste recycle processes, and particularly to the treatment and disposal ones, it is a very important area for civil society and institutions. Therefore the European Union strategic approach in this field it is aimed at valuing waste as resource rather than a pollutant, which requires better management and utilisation. The new 2020 Strategy objective is to envisage an European Union close to a ‘recycling society aimed at avoiding waste production and which in any case uses it as a resource”. Italy has adpted the National Framework for the waste prevention (D.Dir. Min. 07/10/2013) which establishes the following prevention objectives to be achieved by 2020: 5% reduction of urban waste production per unit of GDP; 10% reduction of special and hazardous waste production per unit of GDP; 5% reduction of waste production of special non hazardous water per unit of GDP.

  PROJECT DESCRIPTION  The olive sector is an essential part of the agricultural sector of the European Union, especially in the Mediterranean countries’ economies where 11 million tons of olives are produced every year (Eurostat 2016) from which over 1.740.000 tons of olive oil are obtained and in which about 12 thousand oil mills operate. One of the main environmental problems associated with the olive production chain is the management of the olive mill solid waste and...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION   Marine litter is one of the main environmental problems related to the marine strategy that involves many regions of Europe causing significant environmental, economic and cultural impacts. Waste in the sea constitutes a serious threat to the marine ecosystem since some species of high conservation value, attracted by materials and fragments, can ingest them, and this represents a danger also for humans as they enter the food chain. Most marine litter...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION It is estimated that today in Europe only 33% of electrical and electronic devices are separated from municipal solid waste and disposed of correctly, while the remaining part is not differentiated thus leading to the dispersion of hazardous waste presenting risks both for human health and for the environment. The volume of WEEE increases three times faster than solid urban waste, due to the growing purchase and use of electronic equipment (EEE), such as...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The CREWSOD project was born on the heels of the provisions of Directive 2008/98/EC on waste which promoted two new targets to be reached by 2020: the recycling of 50% of domestic waste and 70% of waste from construction materials. The CREWSOD philosophy is in line with the ”polluter-pays” principle (who produces less waste pays less). In the pilot phase, the project area involved 7 Municipalities belonging to the Piomba-Fino District Consortium which includes...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The ceramic tile industry requires extremely high volume of water, associated with the various functions that water is called to perform (raw material, cooling, sanding, polishing, washing, etc.). The main environmental problem of traditional sanding techniques is the generation of sludge composed of abraded and abrasive particles deriving from the instrumentation used. This heterogeneous composition makes the sanding sludge a difficult waste to be disposed of...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The RePlaCe project aimed at developing an innovative method to produce structural parts for conveyor belts using resistant recycled plastic to replace other raw materials, such as aluminum. The process studied and developed within RePlaCe has focused on the reuse of plastic waste of industrial origin for the construction of industrial machines. The use of recycled plastic material, as well as having a significantly reduced environmental impact, means a...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The province of Florence, with an average of 669 kg of per capita waste per year (2007 data), had one of the highest productions of waste in Europe. In the same period the EU-27 average was 546 kg/ inhabitant. The WASTE LESS IN CHIANTI project aimed to contribute to the implementation of EU and national waste prevention policies through the implementation and monitoring of an integrated program of waste reduction actions and optimization of the collection...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION  The SUMFLOWER project was born from the need to find concrete solutions and applications to reduce the impact on the territory of the flower production in the Western riviera of the Liguria region which represents 20% of the national production. The environmental impact of this chain is mainly due to the use of natural resources,  production of waste (large quantities of organic fraction and non-reusable plastic waste) and release of polluting...
PROJECT DESCRIPTION An estimation of the potential benefits of a Green Public Procurement (GPP) have been done in the frame of the RELIEF project (Research of green purchasing), a research project co-funded by the European Commission, concluded in 2003, aimed to assess the potential environmental benefits that would result if all European countries implemented green procurement. Afterwards the EU Commission published also the "Buying green!" manual, presenting the effective approaches and...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The P.R.I.M.E project had the objective of defining an Integrated Management System of beached posidonia  residues capable of combining the environmental protection needs of the marine and coastal ecosystem with the management of biomass waste and their potential reuse in agriculture. The phenomenon of posidonia residues stranding has always been perceived as a problem that creates inconvenience for citizens, swimmers, managers of bathing...