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Recycling 2018, 3(2), 14;

The Recycling Potential of Submersible Sewage Pumps in the EU

Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of West Attica, University Campus 2, 250 Thivon str & P. Ralli Ave, 12244 Athens, Greece
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Received: 24 March 2018 / Revised: 11 April 2018 / Accepted: 19 April 2018 / Published: 22 April 2018
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Sewage pumps have been among the main electromechanical equipment of the sewage and wastewater management facilities around Europe for over 30 years. Their operational life ranges between 15 and 20 years. Therefore, a significant proportion of that equipment is currently non-operational, and many of them must be disposed of in the forthcoming years. Although the “Waste electrical and electronic equipment” Directive (2012/19/EU) is the main related legislation, sewage pumps are not directly addressed. EcoDesign Legislation is the main legislation applicable on such cases. This work investigates the possibilities of recycling sewage pumps used in wastewater management facilities after their renovation or upgrade. Evaluation results indicate that there is high potential for material recovery and for significant economic benefit. Therefore, the recovery of materials and safe handling of non-operating industrial and possibly hazardous electrical equipment waste, could contribute to the minimization of their impact on the environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: sewage pump recycling; WEEE Directive; materials recovery; industrial waste reduction sewage pump recycling; WEEE Directive; materials recovery; industrial waste reduction

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Psomopoulos, C.S.; Barkas, D.; Ioannidis, G.C. The Recycling Potential of Submersible Sewage Pumps in the EU. Recycling 2018, 3, 14.

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