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ON THE LOOKOUT FOR PRACTICABLE SUSTAINABLE OPTIONS FOR ASBESTOS WASTE TREATMENT: A TECHNICAL, SUSTAINABILITY AND MARKET ASSESSMENT
Le Blansch, K., K. den Boeft, and J. Tempelman.
Bureau KLB, the Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and Water Management, 126 pp, 2018

Asbestos fibers must be fully destroyed in a safe way before asbestos-containing materials (ACM) can be reused, which is the ideal in a circular economy; the alternative is simply safe storage. The Dutch government commissioned a systematic review of the development of techniques that make it possible to treat asbestos-containing waste and to reuse the remaining product instead of sending it to landfill in order to assess whether any technologies are ready for practicable sustainable application. Based upon extensive review of the literature and consultation with experts, the authors considered (1) maturity of the technique, (2) distance to market, (3) sustainability aspects, and (4) area of application for thermal, chemical, mechanical, and biological technologies. All the techniques considered for asbestos waste treatment were scored on a technology readiness scale. Results indicate that several of the techniques might have their own markets or niches of asbestos waste that they can treat most effectively and profitably. https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/ministeries/ministerie-van-infrastructuur-en-waterstaat/documenten/rapporten/2018/07/17/assessment-of-asbestos-waste-treatment-techniques



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