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European Enhanced Landfill Mining Consortium (EURELCO)

Next to the reuse and recycling of new industrial waste streams, the unexploited material stock of the EU's 150,000 to 500,000 landfills carries an immense potential for material recovery. Moreover, many landfill sites are located close to residential areas which stresses environment and health. 

The European Enhanced Landfill Mining Consortium (EURELCO) is working on a measure plan on and the solution of technological, legal, social, ecological, and economical challenges of Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM). The network's goal is to safely and sustainably recover precious resources from current and future landfills. Further, those resources are to be valorized respecting high social and ecological standards. Landfill mining is to play a vital role in a ressource-efficient circular economy within the EU until 2020.

Fraunhofer IWKS coordinated working group "Science and Technology Mapping" in EURELCO's first phase which participated in EU research projects on exploration, extraction, separation, sorting and reuse of resources as well as the development of suitable political, economical and ecological conditions for future ELFM in Europe.