2021 Åbo-Aurum Open Symposium on Waste Management and Recycling

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The collection rate of equipment at their end-of-life (EoL) for proper recycling is currently very low. For example, the current recycling rate of mobile/smart phones in most countries is <20%. The prevailing materials and energy recovery processes also need to be advanced to attain higher recycling efficiency. To address these challenges, improving waste management practices and promoting innovative recovery of resources from waste streams are essential.

Some cities in Europe including Turku has signed the EU Green City Accord, an initiative to make cities greener, cleaner, and healthier. Sustainable technological developments to convert municipal waste to energy and efficient recovery and reutilization of valuable materials will eventually enable to attain the goals set by the initiative. This open symposium facilitates open discussions, sharing of new concepts and technical data, and networking opportunities that would have an impact on commitment of the cities to address some of the environmental issues related to circular economy and waste management.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

✅Waste collection and management

✅Pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical aspects of improved recycling

✅Adaptive materials recovery and extraction processes

✅Advances in waste-to-energy technologies

✅Waste heat recovery and other industrial energy efficient technologies

✅Energy Efficiency Improvement in Process Engineering (e.g., for biomass conversion and improved combustion)

✅Power plant and waste incineration ashes utilization and recovery of resources

✅Emission control including CO2 capture and storage


Sponsored by Open Science at Åbo Akademi University. Link to the symposium flyer: https://research.abo.fi/ws/portalfiles/portal/32766219/_A_Aurum_Symposium.pdf
Period8 Oct 2021
Event typeConference
LocationTurku, Finland
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Circular economy
  • Recycling and Secondary Recovery
  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Critical metals
  • Renewable energy
  • Thermodynamics
  • Metallurgy
  • Chemical engineering