Recycling 2.0


Project description

The aim of this project is a holistic optimization of the recycling structures, as well as the exploitation of anthropogenic potentials and reservoirs of the region Harz. The consortium of four universities is focusing on the expansion of the recycling region Harz over the national borders and is promoted by the federal ministry of education and research (BMBF). For the first time a general overview of waste streams from consumers, companies and anthropogenic deposits in this region will be depicted.

Figure 1: Recycling region Harz

In this project, the Clausthal University of Technology (TUC), the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OvGU) and the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen (HSN) work on the area of waste management from consumers to business (C2B). The management of processing residues from companies (B2B – business to business) and the acquisition of data regarding anthropogenic deposits (D2B – deposit to business) is covered by TUC. The technical perspective is widened by environmental psychological aspects (OvGU) as well as life cycle assessment and sustainable design (University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal).

B2B - Business to Business

A data base of waste streams will be created by working together with a large number of regional companies. Based on this data, analyses for ecological and economic improvement of the disposal and exploitation structures of the Harz will be done. In case of a successful project outcome, companies and nature can benefit in the same way from focusing on a more efficient use of resources.

C2B – Deposit to Business

 In this part of the project the focus lies on waste streams of small waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), gas discharge lamps and batteries. Raising the recycling rates for these waste streams is one of the key targets in the area of household recycling. Therefore, different methods will be investigated and presented to raise the collection rates. Side effects of increased collection rates (e.g. declining quality) will be studied. As an example, the collection of small WEEE in depot container systems will be monitored and the waste analyzed. In addition to technical questions, the Otto-von-Guericke-University researches psychological determinants for customer behavior and develops efficient communication measures. Further aspects of the project are the definition of input requirements for WEEE arriving at the processing plants and the interlinking of municipal disposal companies and authorities in the Hercynia Region.

D2B – Deposit to Business

The main focus of the working area D2B is the cadastral registration of anthropogenic deposits in the entire Harz region. Geodata, such as mining, mineral processing or smelter heaps and municipal waste landfills, are implemented in a geographical information system (GIS). Furthermore, state-of-the-art recycling technologies of anthropogenic deposits are identified. In the next step, the technologies are evaluated with regard to their applicability and legal, ecological and economic framework in the Harz region.

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Joint partners

  • Technische Universität Clausthal
  • Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
  • Hochschule Magdeburg – Stendal
  • Hochschule Nordhausen

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