From waste management to the circular economy
Waste management is undergoing a dynamic transformation away from pure "disposal and detoxification" towards a sustainable, resource-conserving circular economy.
In addition to modern approaches to waste avoidance and recycling-friendly product designs, we are now also concerned with aspects such as the substitution of rare, valuable or even toxic materials. It is about the avoidance of critical raw materials and the consideration of social and ethical values in the supply chains as well as reparability, useful life and value-preserving and energy-saving recycling in closed cycles in Europe to secure scarce raw materials via secondary materials.
bifa's current research focuses on optimising the value chain and the effects of various, innovative new production and recycling systems of photovoltaic products in several independent projects.
In the BMWi-funded joint project Green Manufacturing (FKZ: 03EE1048C), for example, bifa is working on the optimisation of the material flow, value-preserving recycling management and associated environmental aspects from the solar cell to the recycling of the PV module.
Feasibility analysis for the introduction of the organic waste bin in the collection system for the district of Rosenheim.
In this project, we determine the biowaste potential in the residual waste bin. An ecological comparison of different collection and recycling scenarios using modelling software, a profitability analysis with regard to investment and operating costs as well as waste charges and the consideration of technical issues related to organic waste collection, are also part of the project.