SIM² KU Leuven goes for zero-waste urban and landfill mining
SIM² KU Leuven targets zero-waste valorisation of urban and industrial waste. Key focus areas are (1) the direct (preconsumer) recycling of metal scrap and swarf generated during the production of metal based (intermediate) products and (2) the (postconsumer) recycling and/or urban mining of, respectively, flows and stocks of complex, multi-material, metal-containing products (as for instance a hybrid electric vehicle). (3) landfill mining of historic urban solid waste, (4) metal recovery from flows of industrial process residues from primary and secondary metal production and, finally, (5) metal recovery from stocks of landfilled mining waste and industrial process residues. The zero-waste vision implies that for (4) and (5) the residual mineral matrixes are valorised in building or engineered materials.
Sustainability Assessment and Policy Research The Research Line investigates the economic and environmental feasibility of new flow sheets for the recovery of metals and/or minerals from end-of-life consumer goods, industrial process residues and low-grade ores.