The "ReWaste4.0" Project - A Review

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ReWaste4.0 is an innovative and cooperative K-Project in the period 2017–2021. Through ReWaste4.0 the transformation of the non-hazardous mixed municipal and commercial waste treatment industry towards a circular economy has started by investigating and applying the new ap-proaches of the Industry 4.0. Vision of the ReWaste4.0 is, among others, the development of treatment plants for non-hazardous waste into a “Smart Waste Factory” in which a digital communication and interconnection between material quality and machine as well as plant performance is reached. After four years of research and development, various results have been gained and the present review article summarizes, links and discuss the outputs (especially from peer-reviewed papers) of seven sub-projects, in total, within the K-project and discusses the main findings and their relevance and importance for further development of the waste treatment sector. Results are allocated into three areas, namely: contaminants in mixed waste and technical possibilities for their reduction as well as removal; secondary raw and energy materials in mixed waste and digitalization in waste characterization and treatment processes for mixed waste. The research conducted in Re-Waste4.0 will be continued in ReWaste F for further development towards a particle-, sensor-and data-based circular economy in the period 2021–2025.

FachzeitschriftProcesses : open access journal
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 27 Apr. 2021

Bibliographische Notiz

Funding Information:
Partial funding for this work was provided by: The Center of Competence for Recycling and Recovery of Waste 4.0 (acronym ReWaste4.0) (contract number 860 884) under the scope of the COMET?Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies?financially supported by BMDW, BMK, and the federal states of Styria, managed by the FFG. The author would like to thank the entire ReWaste4.0 team (especially his PhD-team: Alexander Curtis, Karim Khodier, Selina M?llnitz, Sandra Viczek and Thomas Wei?enbach), as well as all project partners for the fruitful cooperation.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 by the author. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


  • Mixed Waste
  • Municipal Waste
  • Commercial Waste
  • Waste Treatment
  • Recycling
  • Recovery
  • Contaminants
  • Plastics
  • Digitalisation
  • Smart Waste Factory

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