Review of Italian experience on automotive shredder residue characterization and management

R. Cossu, S. Fiore, T. Lai, A. Luciano, G. Mancini, B. Ruffino, P. Viotti, M.C. Zanetti

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Automotive Shredder Residue (ASR) is a special waste that can be classified as either hazardous or non hazardous depending on the amount of hazardous substances and on the features of leachate gathered from EN12457/2 test. However both the strict regulation concerning landfills and the EU targets related to End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs) recovery and recycling rate to achieve by 2015 (Directive 2000/53/EC), will limit current landfilling practice and will impose an increased efficiency of ELVs valorization. The present paper considers ELVs context in Italy, taking into account ASRs physical-chemical features and current processing practice, focusing on the enhancement of secondary materials recovery. The application in waste-to-energy plants, cement kilns or metallurgical processes is also analyzed, with a particular attention to the possible connected environmental impacts. Pyrolysis and gasification are considered as emerging technologies although the only use of ASR is debatable its mixing with other waste streams is gradually being applied in commercial processes. The environmental impacts of the processes are acceptable, but more supporting data are needed and the advantage over (co-)incineration remains to be proven.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1752 - 1762
Number of pages11
JournalWaste Management
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Waste Management and Disposal

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Cossu, R., Fiore, S., Lai, T., Luciano, A., Mancini, G., Ruffino, B., Viotti, P., & Zanetti, M. C. (2014). Review of Italian experience on automotive shredder residue characterization and management. Waste Management, 34(10), 1752 - 1762.