Environment

Research & Development

Italy

'Waste-eating robot' could help reduce biowaste mountain  
30/06/2014
An Italian project supported by the European Union's LIFE+ programme is exploring an innovative solution to a problem that all municipal authorities face: biodegradeable waste. The Landfill Directive (1999/31/EC) requires EU countries to reduce the amount of biodegradable municipal waste that they...
Using ‘emergy’ analysis to measure eco-village sustainability
28/07/2011
A survey carried out to measure the sustainability of a Sicilian eco-village suggests that ‘emergy’ analysis produces more comprehensive results than life-cycle or other forms of analysis As communities strive to meet the challenges of energy efficiency, the need to calculate their...
Boosting the environmental return on glass recycling
15/04/2010
The MEIGLASS Life project developed an innovative process for recovering greater amounts of quality glass from broken or waste glass returned for recycling with less energy use. When using recycled glass, the glass-container industry requires ‘oven-ready’ cullet – broken or waste glass – free...
Hydraulic separator may hold key to better plastics recycling
06/01/2009
The recycling of plastics has been hampered in the past by sorting difficulties, but with the advent of the Multidune hydraulic separator, a solution may have finally been found. The recycling of plastics has been hampered in the past by sorting difficulties, but with the advent of the...