Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management // Montanuniversitaet Leoben


Project long title

Recycling and recovery of waste4.0


Project description

In total, 23 project applications have been submitted as part of the sixth call for tender for the K projects of the COMET competence center program. Eight new projects with a total volume of more than € 43 million from the federal government, the federation states of Austria (Länder) and the participating organizations are funded.


Background and Objectives

The project Recycling and Recovery of Waste 4.0 – ReWaste4.0 – as part of the Austrian COMET programme is a long term, innovative, and cooperative project on highest scientific and technological level with distinct economic relevance.

For the first time in waste management, new Industry 4.0 approaches (e.g. digital networking, communication between waste quality and plant performance, robotics, etc.) will be investigated and implemented in this project for the purpose of developing the waste management system towards a „circular economy“ with specific focus on interconnected recycling and recovery processes of highest quality. ReWaste4.0 will increase the sector specific know-how and strengthen the international technology leadership of Austrian enterprises.


Project consortium

The project consortium consists of two scientific partners and seven industrial partners.

Scientific partners:

Avaw-transparent Montanuniversitaet Leoben – Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management (consortium lead)

Fh Muenster University of Applied Sciences - FH Münster, Institute for Infrastructure, Water, Resources, Environment

Company partners:

Saubermacher 1 Saubermacher Dienstleistungs AG
Mayer 1 Mayer Recycling GmbH
Redwave BT-Wolfgang Binder GmbH - REDWAVE
Iut  2 Ingenieurgemeinschaft Innovative Umwelttechnik GmbH
Komptech  2 Komptech GmbH
Lafarge Lafarge Zementwerke GmbH
Ife IFE Aufbereitungstechnik GmbH

Mut 1 M-U-T Maschinen-Umwelttechnik-Transportanlagen GmbH




Project structure

ReWaste4.0 consists of one comprehensive strategic project and two scientific-technical areas with subordinated six specific projects.

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Selected key aspects of the specific projects

  • Online/Ontime characterization of mixed waste,
  • Extraction of high quality (recycling and recovery) products or output streams for increasing the recycling rate of mixed municipal waste,
  • Determination of the recycling rate for solid recovered fuel, used for energy recovery in co-incineration plants
  • Further development of new technologies for sorting, separation and comminution of waste,
  • Development of data sets, models, and control programmes for equipment and their digitalised „networking and communication“ based on the „Industry 4.0 approach“.


Hard facts

  • Project duration: 48 months
  • Total costs (granted): € 4,880,000



Ffg Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

Sfg Steirische Wirtschaftsförderungsges.m.b.H. (SFG)

Comet COMET Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies

Bmdw Logo Srgb En Federal Ministry Republic of Austria Digital and Economic Affairs

Bmk Logo En Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

Wirtschaft Und Innovation 4c 2 The country Styria



With the following form you can directly contact the working group leader Mister Dr. Renato Sarc.

Renato Sarc

Renato Sarc

Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont.
Scientific staff

Phone: +43 3842 / 402-5105
Cell: +43 676 / 84 53 86-805
Fax: +43 3842 / 402-5102
E-mail: renato.sarc@unileoben.ac.at


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