As part of the EU Life + NOVEDI project, a new eco-efficient recycling route has been implemented to maximise resources and energy recovery from post-consumer waste glass, through integrated waste management and industrial production. Life cycle assessment (LCA) has been used to identify engineering solutions to sustainability during the development of green building products. The new process and the related LCA are framed within a meaningful case of industrial symbiosis, where multiple waste streams are utilised in a multi-output industrial process. The input is a mix of rejected waste glass from conven- tional container glass recycling and waste special glass such as monitor glass, bulbs and glass fibres. The green building product is a recycled foam glass (RFG) to be used in high efficiency thermally insulating and lightweight concrete. The environmental gains have been contrasted against induced impacts and improvements have been proposed. Recovered co-products, such as glass fragments/powders, plastics and metals, correspond to environmental gains that are higher than those related to landfill avoidance, whereas the latter is cancelled due to increased transportation distances. In accordance to an eco-effi- ciency principle, it has been highlighted that recourse to highly energy intensive recycling should be lim- ited to waste that cannot be closed-loop recycled.

Eco-efficient waste glass recycling: integrated waste management and green product development through LCA / Blengini, GIOVANNI ANDREA; Busto, Mirko; Fantoni, Moris; Fino, Debora. - In: WASTE MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 0956-053X. - STAMPA. - 32:5(2012), pp. 1000-1008. [10.1016/j.wasman.2011.10.018]

Eco-efficient waste glass recycling: integrated waste management and green product development through LCA

BLENGINI, GIOVANNI ANDREA;BUSTO, MIRKO;FANTONI, MORIS;FINO, DEBORA
2012

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As part of the EU Life + NOVEDI project, a new eco-efficient recycling route has been implemented to maximise resources and energy recovery from post-consumer waste glass, through integrated waste management and industrial production. Life cycle assessment (LCA) has been used to identify engineering solutions to sustainability during the development of green building products. The new process and the related LCA are framed within a meaningful case of industrial symbiosis, where multiple waste streams are utilised in a multi-output industrial process. The input is a mix of rejected waste glass from conven- tional container glass recycling and waste special glass such as monitor glass, bulbs and glass fibres. The green building product is a recycled foam glass (RFG) to be used in high efficiency thermally insulating and lightweight concrete. The environmental gains have been contrasted against induced impacts and improvements have been proposed. Recovered co-products, such as glass fragments/powders, plastics and metals, correspond to environmental gains that are higher than those related to landfill avoidance, whereas the latter is cancelled due to increased transportation distances. In accordance to an eco-effi- ciency principle, it has been highlighted that recourse to highly energy intensive recycling should be lim- ited to waste that cannot be closed-loop recycled.
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