Pere Fullana and Gonzalo Blanca attend the International Symposium on Waste Management and Landfill issues in Sardinia

Pere Fullana, director of the ESCI-UPF UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change and Gonzalo Blanca, researcher of the Chair, attended the 16th International Symposium on waste and landfill management in Sardinia from 2 to 6 October in Sardinia_2017. Organized by the IWWG - International Waste Working Group, it aims to provide information to professional communities around the world on ideas and experiences in the field of waste management and landfills.

The 2017 edition focused on the advances of science and technology in waste management, presenting case studies and discussing controversial issues, sharing experiences between countries, taking into account also social and economic aspects. The symposium included oral, specialized sessions, workshops as well as poster sessions, with a total of 676 participants and presentation of more than 550 scientific articles.

Pere Fullana presented the general lines of the European project LIFE + Zero Cabin Waste (ZCW), while Gonzalo Blanca showed the results of the characterizations (preparatory action) of the intracommunity flights realized by Ecoembes.

On the one hand, Fullana explained the main problems of the current system: low landfill disposal rates, lack of appropriate facilities and restrictive regulations. LIFE + Zero Cabin Waste (ZCW) aims to create a sustainable model to reduce, reuse and recycle (including energy recovery) waste accumulated in the aircraft. The project aims to lay the foundations and recommendations for future implementations and improvements that will achieve the objectives set.

On the other hand, Gonzalo Blanca focused on the large amount of catering waste during the flight. After analyzing 56 flights, and classifying the residues according to flight distance, flow and material, it was possible to know which are the dominant residues and in which moment of the process they are produced.

 

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