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Publication of first results about re-use of COSMOS inert
Written by Elza Bontempi   

Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy journal

has just published on-line the paper about results of COSMOS project: in this study we presented results about the reuse of COSMOS in different high quality controlled plaster materials. The idea is that an appropriate waste management, based on the principles of sustainable development, is based on the principle that waste cannot be considered as something to eliminate but rather a potential resource.

The paper is available at:

Springer - Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy

Abstract

The MSWI (Municipal Solid Waste Incinerator) fly ash may represent a potential health and environmental hazard for its high heavy metal content. Fly ash is commonly disposed in specific landfills to prevent the leaching of pollutants into underground aquifers. Several technologies (for example, thermal treatment, physical/chemical separation, and stabilization/solidification techniques) have been developed for treatment of fly ash to obtain second-hand inert materials. Moreover, reuse of these materials is strictly dependent on their physical and mechanical features. Possible applications of these materials are clinkering, road pave, and construction works where, specific performances are required. Recently, at the University of Brescia (Italy) a new process has been developed to inertize fly ash, by means of colloidal silica. The new inertization process involves low temperature reactions and produces a final material named COSMOS (Colloidal Silica Medium to Obtain Safe inert) that can be employed as a filler substituting natural materials such as carbon black, sand, etc. The project is supported by LIFE program of the European Community (LIFE + 2008 project ENV/IT/000434). In this study we present results about the reuse of COSMOS in different high quality controlled plaster materials. An appropriate waste management, based on the principles of sustainable development, is based on the principle that waste cannot be considered as something to eliminate but rather a potential resource.
 

COSMOS-RICE project


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