WP1 - Characterization and modeling of potential sites:

  • To obtain quantitative and structural data from both the existing and not known SRM (Secondary Raw Materials) resources of the most needed raw materials in EU and/or SRMs that could be utilized as a raw material and/or energy
  • SRM characterization in target pilot landfills, integrating different qualitative and quantitative information in order to form the "start-up capital" of the SMART GROUND Databank created in WP3
  • To recognize the profitability of landfill mining, the value and feasibility of SRM resources and the needed methods for the identification, separation and enrichment of concept and the best strategies to develop

WP2 - Materials flow, socio-economic and environmental impacts:

  • To identify the most important sustainability issues for waste streams and SRM
  • To evaluate the potential chance to exploit the dumped raw materials and to find the most promising markets through a socio-economic analysis (market, LCA, cost/benefits analyses on management and business models)
  • To reveal the barriers of utilization of secondary sources
  • To identify possible synergies between European countries (sources, demands and co-operation), future scenarios, material flow maps from studied raw materials, profitability of concept and the best strategies to develop

WP3 - Databank creation:

  • To build integrated SGD, a data repository, querying, and analysis framework for the realization of the longer goal impacts of the call (e.g., availability of key raw materials, added value to the economy and more jobs, economically effective and innovative technologies)
  • To align SMART GROUND database data model design and implementation with existing efforts in the same domain in order to guarantee interoperability at data model and service interface level
  • To produce knowledge to the SGD from the currently formed SRMs
  • The ultimate aim of the enhancing knowledge of the available raw materials is to change the "4R waste hierarchy" (EC/2008/98) to the "5R waste hierarchy" via replacement of the final stage of "disposal" with "reserve"

WP4 - Implementation - Training - Networking:

  • To transfer project findings and best practices, carrying out a number of EU-wide training courses for the assessment and management of landfill sites material recovery
  • To form a dedicated network of academic, industrial and other stakeholders and regulators committed to cost-effective research, technology transfer and training
  • To enhance the position of the EU waste and resource recovery sector in the global market place
  • To organize a symposium/advanced course aimed primarily at end users
  • To ensure that potential transfer to market is optimised and protected transfer information to policy makers

WP5 - Dissemination and exploitation:

  • To disseminate the findings of SMART GROUND project to as many stakeholders as possible
  • To develop a sustainability exploitation plan in order to assure the prosecution of the SGD after the end of the project, including a business plan and a detailed IPR management plan, for the dissemination of SMART GROUND results.
  • To create a close cooperation among stakeholders in order to have better-informed decision-making at EU and national level as well as by industries

WP6 - Management:

  • To provide the fulfillment of the project results trough both administrative and financial coordination
  • To facilitate the exchange of information among partners
  • Liason with EASME
  • To provide decision making, quality control and conflict resolution mechanisms
  • To provide Innovative Management practices to boost the market and political backing of new technologies and waste management practices and processes