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November 13th-15th, 2024 in Leoben (Austria)

Information about the Call for Papers

As usual, Recy & DepoTech 2024 addresses the entire spectrum of waste management and waste technology. However, we would like to highlight certain topics as focal points and set up separate blocks for each:

  • Circular economy
  • Sensor-based sorting including robotics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Case studies and best practice
  • Eco-design and recyclability
  • Mineral waste, by-products and industrial residues
  • In-situ remediation of contaminated sites
  • Climate protection
  • Deposit systems


However, we also welcome all other submissions beyond the above-mentioned focal points and will again put together an interesting program covering all aspects of waste management and waste technology in the broadest sense.

Contributions in German and English, from Austria and abroad are equally welcome in all areas.


Submission deadline

Submissions must be made online by January 21, 2024 (extended deadline).

ATTANTION: Due to high demand, the original deadline (January 14, 2024) has been extended once.
Submissions after January 21, 2024 can unfortunately only be accepted as posters.


Topic overview

A suggestion of the variety of topics can be found on the following pages, with the above-mentioned focal points marked in bold:


1. Recycling and waste management

    a. Artificial intelligence

        i. Smart waste management logistics

        ii. Innovative collection systems

        iii. Digitalization of facilities

        iv. Sensor-based material flow characterization, monitoring and quality control

        v. Cross-plant characterization

    b. Circular economy

        i. Strategies

        ii. Waste prevention and reuse

        iii. Extended producer responsibility and systems

        iv. Deposit systems

        v. Internal recycling management

        vi. Preparation for reuse

        vii. Targets and quotas

        viii. Harmonised separate collection of packaging

        ix. Circular cities and regions

    c. Eco-design and recyclability

        i. Product passports (e.g. battery passport)

     d. Municipal waste management

        i. Regional concepts

        ii. New services

        iii. PPP models (public private partnership)

    e. International circular economy

        i. International cooperation and technology transfer

        ii. Investigation of waste management systems

        iii. Informal waste management

        iv. Country specific case studies

        v. Waste incineration in an international context

        vi. New waste-to-energy facilities

    f. Evaluation methods for waste management

        i. Material cycles and material flow analysis

        ii. Quality and quality assurance

        iii. Risk analysis and safety engineering

        iv. Life cycle assessment and life cycle analysis

        v. Economic evaluations

        vi. Qualitative and quantitative waste forecasts

        vii. Emissions reduction and climate change mitigation

     g. Economic aspects and instruments of waste management

        i. Waste economic models

        ii. EU taxonomy

        iii. Steering measures and incentive systems

        iv. Waste market developments

        v. Single-use deposit and deposit systems

        vi. Reusable quotas

    h. Waste management and climate protection

        i. Dealing with consequences of climate change (e.g. disaster waste)

    i. Waste legislation

        i. New challenges in waste classification

        ii. Producer responsibility

        iii. Steering measures

        iv. Product-waste delineation

        v. End of waste

        vi. Implementation of the circular economy strategy

        vii. EU battery regulation NEW

    j. PFAS in waste management

    k. Psychological and social science aspects of waste management

    l. Best practice examples


2. Recycling and waste recovery

    a. Treatment of special material streams

        i. Mineral wastes, by-products and industrial residues

           1. Slags

           2. Sludges

           3. Dusts

           4. Glass and ceramics

           5. Construction waste including mineral wool

           6. Excavated soil and tunnel excavation materials

           7. Waste incineration residues

        ii. Municipal and household-type commercial waste

        iii. Biological waste

           1. Paper

           2. Wood

           3. Biogenic waste including food

           4. Sewage sludge

        iv. Plastics and waste containing plastics

        v. Old textiles

        vi. Composite materials

        vii. Metals and critical raw materials, including batteries

        viii. Hazardous waste

    b. New process engineering approaches

        i. Sensor-based (indirect) sorting including robotics

        ii. Case studies of waste engineering facilities

        iii. Chemical recycling

        iv. Innovative shredding technology

        v. Microbiological processes (e.g., bioleaching)

        vi. Future of mechanical-biological waste treatment

        vii. Wet mechanical processes

        viii. Thermochemical processes

           1. Waste incineration

           2. Co-incineration including refuse derived fuels

           3. Recycling by thermal treatment

           4. Vitrification

           5. Slag conditioning

        ix. Alkali activation

    c. Safety engineering

        i. Fire safety

        ii. Risk management

        iii. Technical solutions

    d. Climate protection in recycling and waste utilization

        i. CCS and CCU

        ii. Decarbonization in waste management

        iii. Use of renewable energy sources (e.g., hydrogen)

    e. Best practice examples and case studies of waste management facilities


3. Landfill technology and contaminated sites

    a. Contaminated sites

        i. In-situ remediation of contaminated sites (innovative methods and case studies)

        ii. On-site and off-site remediation of contaminated sites (innovative methods and case studies)

        iii. Research projects on innovative remediation methods

        iv. Sampling and monitoring concepts

        v. Hazard and risk assessment of contaminated sites

        vi. Brownfield recycling

    b. Landfills

        i. Landfill construction

        ii. Landfill operations

        iii. Landfill gas

        iv. Landfills as carbon sinks

        v. Leachate including upgrading of collection systems

        vi. Landfill Mining

        vii. Landfill on landfill

        viii. Landfill aftercare

        ix. Subsequent use of landfills



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