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


We do not want to withhold the following news in the field of environmental protection from you:


July 2019

Intelligent garbage trucks - Styria today
On July 9th a report was aired concerning "intelligent garbage trucks". Prof. Pomberger shares his opinion on that topic at approximately 01:45. Click here to watch.


June 2019

Partner day of waste management in Leoben
Today is partner day of waste management and we are again participating with two information desks. This time we talk to the kids about the current topics littering and disposable vs. returnable products in a playful way so everyone is in it with zeal! Here you find 3 photos of our desks (copyright: Bettina Rutrecht - LS AVAW)

Became the face of chair AVAW?
We are searching for 4 students, which represent chair AVAW in future marketing campaigns. Here you find information about this "job".

Excavated soil
What a waste! Two-thirds of Austrian excavated soil end at a landfill. According to the results of a study conducted by Martin Wellacher and Hannah Kunodi totally unnecessary. Here the link to the printed article!
Mineral wool
A problem child when it comes to recycling? Theresa Sattler is researching on new solutions regarding that topic - here the article.


May 2019

Excursion through the sewer system
On May 27, the students of IV Kommunale Infrastruktur- und Abfallwirtschaft (Municipal Infrastructure and Waste Management) made an excursion. The lecturer Ing. Krenn leaded the students through the sewer system of Leoben. Here you find two photos of the excursion-group (© Ing. Alfred Krenn).

International excursion 2019 - A travel through the waste pyramide
In the master program "Industrial Environmental Protection and Process Engineering" students have to complete an excursion depending on the main elective subject.
This year the excursion was organized in cooperation between the chairs "Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management" and "Process Technology and Industrial Environmental Protection".
In the period from 13.05. to 18.05.2019 waste management and process engineering companies in the countries Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia were visited.
Within this week, the students got an in-depth insight into international waste management and the operation of treatment plants in practice.
Here you can find the GERMAN publication to the international excursion 2019.


Styrian Frühjahrsputz (spring cleaning)
As in previous years, the Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben took part in the large Styrian Frühjahrsputz (spring cleaning).
On three routes, which ran along the Murschleife or through the city center of Leoben, a total of about 100 kg of waste was collected. The frontrunners this year were cigarette butts, advertising flyers and deposit-free beverage packaging. This shows that a deposit on all one-way beverage packaging, such as in Germany, could greatly reduce the amount of urban littering. A group-photo after collecting you find here.
We thank all our colleagues for the great effort and good mood at the event (see group photo)!


April 2019

New honorary professor Dr. Martin Eisenberger
Due to his long-standing teaching activity at AVAW our lecturer and attorney Dr. Eisenberger was given the titel honorary professor.
Since 14 years he taught students of the field "Industrial Environmental Protection and Process Engineering" legally relevant fields of Industrial Plant Law, Waste Legislation and International Environmental Law. Here you find a few pictures of the event.
We congratulate cordially


Annual report 2018
We proudly present the knowledge scoreboard of our Chair for the year 2018! Again, we can delightedly look back on a very successful year. We like to thank all participants, company and project partners, as well as our ever growing pool of staff for their engagement, endurance, and collaboration. Without them, we wouldn’t be what we are today. The link to the document can be found here.


March 2019

Green Days 2019
The event "Green Days", organized by the Youth Environmental Platform "JUMP", offers students the opportunity to get to know the environment and sustainability, to form their own opinion on environmental topics and to bring in a variety of ideas. For three days, 200 participants aged 16 and over from all over Austria were offered a varied and creative program. This year's event on "Sustainability and environmental protection in everyday life" took place at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Salzburg. The Montanuniversität Leoben also participated in the event. The Chair of Waste Management and Waste Management sent two student workers to hold a workshop for the students on the topic "No plastic ocean - How can we solve the global problems with microplastic". Why the choice fell exactly on this topic, is obvious. Due to the high media presence most people already have a premonition or a deeper interest in the topic.
Here you can find the GERMAN publication to the workshop.

World Women's Day
On the occasion of World Women's Day on March 8th , the Montanuniversität launched an initiative to encourage young women to pursue a career in science and engineering. Representatives of all courses of study at Montanuniversität were available to those who were interested in answering all questions about studying and their own daily work, complemented by the experience reports and career of selected female colleagues. Of course, members of the AVAW attended as well to clear up with relevant prejudices towards waste management. We hope to meet again in fall! Here you find 2 photos of the event (@Außeninstitut MUL).

Landfills as Raw Material Source - LAMIS and NEW-MINE
In the current edition of the Entsorga-Magazine, a 3-page article was published on the research activities of the Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management in the field of landfill mining. Here you find the GERMAN article.


December 2018

Branch report WKO Styria
Styrian waste management is at the forefront of innovation, recycling, research and service in Europe. Its amazing accomplishments are often concealed in the background of our society and deserve to be brought into the spotlight - because a clean environment is not a matter of course - we are proud to be a part of it!
is the German branch report of WKO Styria.


November 2018

30 million damage - batteries in the residual waste become incendiary bombs in waste plants
Alert for batteries in residual waste: Disposers complain about more and more fires in recycling plants with millions of damages. The team of Prof. Pomberger, especially Thomas Nigl, locates existential pressure on the industry and demands a deposit system. The following exciting article has been published in the Kleine Zeitung adressing this issue. LINK

Nomination for the State Prize 2018 for Environment and Energy Technology
We congratulate our colleagues and members of the working group "Future Waste" for the nomination for the State Prize for Environment and Energy Technology in the category Environment, Climate and Energy! The process for the recycling of lithium-ion batteries, which was developed through many years of research, was submitted. The aim was the development of a (secondary) resource oriented, economically and ecologically reasonable, holistic recycling process for LIB which finally was implemented in 2018 in a industrially upscaled LIB-recycling plant in Bremerhaven by our project partners Redux GmbH and Saubermacher Dienstleistungs AG. This great waste management idea prevailed against 124 competitors and was honored in a splendid setting at the State Prize Gala in Graz. Congratulations! LINK

Kanal3-Steiermark - Interview of the week
Prof. Pomberger talks about "waste". LINK


October 2018

"Stars of Styria" at Montanuniversität Leoben
On October 10, 2018, the best apprentices and their training companies were honored in a very solemn ceremony at WIFI Niklasdorf at the "Stars of Styria" award ceremony organized by the Chamber of Commerce.  With this award, the Chamber of Commerce wishes to set an example of appreciation for people who invest heavily in vocational education and training and also for companies that make this possible as training organisations. This time a total of 28 apprentices and 16 training companies were awarded the trophy "Stars of Styria". For the first time also apprenticeship graduates of the Montanuniversität Leoben were among the winners.  Ms. Sophie Tatschl completed her training as a chemical laboratory technician at the Department of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management and completed the final apprenticeship exam last February with excellent results. We congratulate Ms. Tatschl on her performance and look forward to receiving this award as a training company! Here two pictures.

Television report about wet wipes
On October 23, 2018, a television report about wet wipes was shown on ORF 2. Here is the television report.


September 2018

Ö1 radio report with Prof. Pomberger - Topic: Fire risk of waste batteries
They can be found in mobile phones, notebooks and power tools - rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. For the waste management industry, a new problem arises with the increase of those batteries, that get disposed of as household waste, instead of hazardous waste. Unlike electronic scrap, they bear a not negligible risk of fire in them. Here, is the link to the German radio report of Prof. Pomberger discussing this topic (time 12:42). 

Batteries in plastic packaging waste – Impressions of a sorting analysis
In the BAT-SAFE project, the AVAW and project partners such as Saubermacher are investigating the effects and potential risks of batteries in waste management systems.
With full dedication, members of AVAW examine waste streams in sorting analyses, such as the plastic packaging collection.
Again and again, they also find batteries and batteries that can be easily damaged during collection and subsequent treatment and then pose a major fire hazard - photos here
Looking for more information on that topic? Sign up for the Recy & Depo Tech 2018, our conference on the topics waste management and recycling!


August 2018

Batteries in residual waste and plastic packaging waste – a red-hot topic
Recently, there are more and more events of fire in waste management plants that are ignited by (portable) batteries. It is noticeable that waste streams, such as residual waste or lightweight packaging, are increasingly affected, although batteries should not be disposed of via these fractions.
The correct way to dispose of portable batteries is, on the one hand, the collection of portable batteries via the collection boxes of retailers and, on the other hand, the battery collection in waste collection centers (see picture here, Source: http://avaw.unileoben.ac.at/media/Nigl_et_al_2018_Poster4_PartnertagLE_final.pdf).


July 2018

Wet wipes – The new challenge for the sewer industry
The study carried out by us at the chair on the subject of "wet wipes" and their effects due to incorrect disposal in the sewage system on behalf of the Styrian Sewage Treatment Agency (GSA) is causing a great stir. Mistakes paralyze pumps, causing millions of dollars worth of damage to be paid by the taxpayer. The goal now is to raise awareness of the problem in the population. Decisive for the harmful effect is the proportion of synthetic fibers in the product. Decisive for the harmful effect is the proportion of synthetic fibers in the product. Therefore, pay attention to the natural fiber content, or make a tear test. If the cloth breaks easily, it is a product that can be safely used.


June 2018

The partner day
On 6th of June 2018 the partner day of waste management took place at the main square of Leoben. The goal of the event was public education on waste batteries. 180 students from Leoben and its surroundings could inform themselves via various stages on topics such as variety, toxicity, hazard potential, collection and recycling of batteries. At the same time hands on experiments, designed by students of the "Neues Gymnasium Leoben", rounded off the topic. The partner day 2018 was organized by the "Abfallwirtschaftsverband" of Leoben in cooperation with the "Neues Gymnasium Leoben" and the chair of waste processing technology and waste managment. A photo of the event you can find here.

Our landfill mining projekt NEW-MINE
The blog "Uran Mining" deals in its latest  post with our present landfill mining project NEW-MINE (Link). 15 PhD students conduct research in this field in whole Europe on the entire added value chain from exploration via landfill mining and processing to the recycling of the excavated waste.


May 2018

Field trip – IFAT 2018
The chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management (AVAW) and the chair for Process Technology and Industrial Environmental Protection (VTIU), supported by the association for the Promotion of Interests of Environmental Engineers (VIU), organise an excursion to the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Material Management (IFAT), every two years. This year, we (26 IU students and 1 patient bus driver) visited Munich from May 17 to May 18 to be informed about innovative environmental technologies, to exchange information and ideas with several of the exhibitors (more than 3.000) and to maintain or intensify contacts. Further information to the exhibition can be found under: https://www.ifat.de/index.html. Pictures of our trip you find here.
Website VTIU: http://vtiu.unileoben.ac.at/
Website VIU: http://viu.unileoben.ac.at/

TV-report Projekt NEW-MINE
Montanuniversität Leoben has been investigating the resource-oriented excavation of landfills (Landfill Mining). Our present EU research project NEW-MINE deals thereby especially with the development of upstream and downstream technologies for landfil exploration and mechanical processing and thermal valorisation of recovered secondary raw materials, respectively. The TV station Euronews reports in its latest  episode about our project and our test station for sensor-based recognition and sorting. Here is the report.

Styrian spring-clean 2018
The Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management at the Montanuniversität Leoben collected about 100 kilograms of mindlessly thrown away waste participating the 11th Styrian spring-clean 2018. A good part of the old city of Leoben and the slopes of the river Mur got cleansed of littered waste and is now again a nicer place for everyone. A special thanks to all colleagues who made this amazing result possible (group photo)! So, please everyone: STOP LITTERING!


April 2018

Phoenix Prize in special category "Thinking the Future - Young Ideas for Waste Management"!
As part of the Austrian Waste Management Award, the project consortium of the Research Studio Austria "Plastic Reborn" was awarded on April 17th the special prize "Thinking the Future - Young Ideas for Waste Management" by the Austrian Water and Waste Management Association and the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism. The price winners are Dipl.-Ing. Lukas Kranzinger (AVAW), Dipl.-Ing. Daniel Schwabl (AuV), Dr.mont. Markus Bauer (VTIU) and in cooperation with DDipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Hofer (OMV AG) - picture of awardees here. Further written information you find here. A video-report of Phoenix Prize you find here.

Project partner Lindner Recyclingtechn GmbH nominated for Austrian national prize for innovation!
With the project "POLARIS - The ONE STEP Shredder" the company Lindner Recyclingtech GmbH was nominated from 438 applicants as one of 6 companies for the Austrian national prize for innovation. In this project, in cooperation with of our institute, investigations were carried out to test this new type of shredder with different input materials (waste) to the core with regard to size reduction, specific energy consumption and throughput. Although it was not enough for the victory, we congratulate Lindner Recyclingtech GmbH. This nomination strongly represented the environmental technology and waste sector at the award ceremony. The image videos of the nominated projects can be seen here.


March 2018

Last weekend, the BeSt once again took place in Vienna, which is one of the most important trade fairs for work and study and thus a crucial orientation aid for young adults. Prof. Pomberger, as ambassador of the Montanuniversität Leoben and a direct contact person on site, gave an exciting talk on the subject of "Green Engineers". You are not yet convinced of the forward-looking offer of Montanuni? Then here's the post for listening (GERMAN). Have fun!


February 2018

The new knowledge balance 2017 has been successfully summarized. The chair AVAW can look back on a pleasing résumé. Not only is the number of employees developing extremely positively, but the number of projects and third-party funding is also growing. You will find more details and further news here or as a print version at our secretariat. On a successful 2018!

On November 9th and 10th, 2017, the first exchange of knowledge took place in Leoben between the Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering at the University of Miskolc and the Institute for Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management at the Montanuniversität Leoben. The two universities not only connects a similar area of research subjects, but also a common mining history. In the course of two days a lively professional exchange in the form of a mini-symposium with lectures and excursions was organized so that this connection can be revived. We look forward to the second exchange of knowledge, but this time in Miskolc!


May 2017

At the Global Energy Austria Award ceremony on May 23rd, 2017 at Linz, the project „Re-Use and Recycling of Battery Systems from E-Mobility“ got awarded with the Austrian Energy Globe Award in category “Earth”. Together with our research partners, Saubermacher, AVL, KTM and Smart Power, we got a lot of attention in media for our important research project. A picture of the award, you can find here.

Mister DI Dr.mont. Renato Sarc and his team of the ReWaste4.0 project at the Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management of the Montanuniversitaet Leoben won this year’s first place at the poster competition of the ÖWAV Waste Management Conference in Graz (May 2017). The 37 posters submitted by representatives of economy, authorities, and industry were evaluated by a total of 470 conference participants. The contribution of Dr. Sarc with the title “ReWaste4.0 – Recycling and Recovery of Waste 4.0” was chosen as the winning poster. The annual ÖWAV conference is one of the biggest Austrian gatherings for Waste- and Resource Management besides the biannual Recy & DepoTech, organized by the Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management, and offers a platform for exchange between stakeholders and local waste management. Here you find two pictures of the poster award.


April 2017

On April 26th and 27th, 2017 the rectorate of Montanuniversitaet Leoben and the chairs AVAW, VTIU and TPT welcomed the rector Mr. Prof. Totev and the vice rector Mr. Prof. Pavlov of University of Mining and Geology "St. Ivan Rilski". A photo of this visit you find here.

On April 25th, 2017 the Elektroaltgeräte Koordinierungsstelle (EAK) awarded the "Elektro-Nick 2017". This award made of electronic waste was created by employees of the chair AVAW. More Information including a picture gallery you find here.

The Global Energy Award was granted on April 5th, 2017 in Graz. The project Re2Ba and the linked activities for developing a Re-Use- and Recycling-Concept for Lithium-Ion-Batteries, got awarded at the Styrian gala at “alte Universitaet” as a winner in category “Research”. Project partners, in addition to our Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management, are Saubermacher Dienstleistungs AG, AVL LIST GmbH and KTM Sportmotorcycling GmbH. As Styrian winner, we are representative in the Austrian national competition. Project leaders at Montanuniversitaet Leoben are Mag. Therese Schwarz and Dr. Astrid Arnberger (before AVAW, now Saubermacher Dienstleistungs AG). You can find a picture of the award ceremony here.

COMET competence center "ReWaste4.0" from the chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management (AVAW) is approved! Details about the new projcet you find here. Here you find further information.

We are pleased to annouce the Postgraduate Course „Central Eastern Europe (CEE) Waste Manager“ - which takes place in June and September 2017. Details you find here.

Here you find the invitation for ENVIREE summer school in Polen in April 2017.

Here you find a report from Bavarian TV about the problems with „red sludge“ from the alumina production in Hungary with a statement from Prof. Roland Pomberger.

Here you find a report about Coffee to Go – single use cups in Austria with a statement from Prof. Roland Pomberger.

Here you find a report about Smart City projects with a focus on waste management, statement from Prof. Roland Pomberger (at 22:30).


November 2016

Recy & DepoTech 2016, the 13th waste management conference,  was held at Montanuniversitaet Leoben from November 8th-11th, 2016.  All relevant information you please find via the official website www.recydepotech.at.
The conference was visited by the camera crew of "kanal3.tv" for the first time. Here you please find their five minutes long GERMAN video report.
During the conference ISWA-scholarship-award ceremony took place too. The ISWA-award went to our former colleague Dr. Astrid Arnberger. The topic of her thesis is "Developing a holistic recycling concept for traction batteries based on lithium-ion batteries". Fotos of the award ceremony you please find here. Astrid, we congratulate you.
Additionally, three honorary prizes were awarded to persons who have actively supported the conference for many years. On opening day, prizes were personally handed out  to Mr. Ing. Alfred Krenn and Mr. Dr.-Ing. Marco Ritzkowski. As Mr. DI Walter Scharf was unfortunately unable to attend the conference, he was subsequently awarded. Fotos  of the award you please find here.


October 2016

On October 29th, 2016 2016 the report "Was von uns übrig bleibt" was shown on the television channel "Das Erste". In this seven minutes long contribution Prof. Pomberger undertakes a very interesting timetravel. German television contribution you please find here.

On October 20th-21th, 2016 Prof. Pomberger held an opening speech at conference "Wirtschaftsstrategische Rohstoffe (r4)" in Hannover. The topic of the lecture was "Die dynamische Entwicklung der europäischen Abfallwirtschaft". The agenda of the conference you find here. Two pictures of Prof. Pomberger's lecture you find here - all pictures from the oranizer you find here.


September 2016

On September 4th-5th, 2016 a chinese delegation has visited Montanuniversitaet Leoben. Here you find a short report of this visit.


June 2016

On June 27th, 2016 an excursion to the incineration plant (MVA) Pfaffenau took place - as part of the class "Exkursion Infrastruktur- und Abfallwirtschaft". Here is a foto of the participants.

The "Energy Globe Award / Styria" in the category "worldwide" was awarded to the project "Landfill Mining Styria" of chair AVAW. Here you find the official website of the organizer. A picture of our award winners you find here. And here you can also view a television broadcasting about the event (starting at 19:55).


March 2016

On March 13th, 2016 at "Ö1" a radio broadcast with the issue "Matrix – Computer & neue Medien" took place. The broadcast you find here (German language).

On March 7th, 2016 at "Byrischer Rundfunk" a TV broadcast with the issue "Gefahr im Untergrund" (red mud) was shown. The video you find here (German language).

On March 3rd, 2016 Prof. Pomberger was speaker at "Urban Future Global Conference" in Graz - Session "How innovative waste solutions help the environment and can save millions". Here you find a video of the lecture.

From March 1st to May 31th, 2016 the exhibition "Rohstoffe sind Zukunft" is placed in the art hall of Leoben. Our chair will be at the exhibition with some exhibition objects. The official website is www.rohstoffausstellung.at. HiWay TV had published two reports. The first you find here, the second here.


January 2016

On January 20th, 2016 the closing event of the project "ChromSan - Further investigations concerning in-situ remediation of contaminated sites" had taken place at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben. The presentations of this event you find here. The event language will be German.

On January 17th, 2016 at "ORF Österreich Bild" a TV broadcast with the issue "Die Kaderschmiede - 175 Jahre Montanuniversität Leoben" was shown. The video you find here (German language).

On January 3rd, 2016 Mr Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roland Girtler published a report of "Ledersprung" and "Alma Mater" of Montanuniversitaet Leoben at "Krone Zeitung". The report you find here (German language).

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