Industrial Waste Management - New opportunities

FRIDAY 9 JUNE 2023 / 10:00 - 12:30 (GMT+2)
Evangelos Gidarakos
, Technical University of Crete (GR)

This webinar will address industrial waste management, starting from the presentation of basic definitions, statistics & practices and reaching out to new opportunities that arise through the adoption of modernized approaches.

The inadequate management and disposal of industrial waste has been identified historically and continues to be so today under some conditions, particularly in developing countries, underlying severe environmental impacts. In the frame of preserving nature resources and high environmental quality, as well as protecting public health, most countries are focusing on developing and implementing innovative waste management schemes.

The majority of these schemes view waste as a valuable resource for industry, and in the same way as municipal waste, industrial waste has now been included in the urban mining concept. The traditional linear logic of take-make waste is gradually turning into a circular strategy, according to which all residues should be minimized, reused, and recycled before handling and treatment prior to final disposal. Whole new opportunities arise, in an effort to accomplish major economic benefits and contribute to innovation, growth and job creation.


  • Industrial waste: definitions, properties and categories
  • Industrial waste in numbers
  • Traditional industrial waste management: goals and options
  • Modern approaches in industrial waste management – new opportunities
  • Examples / case studies


Since 2019 E. Gidarakos is Emeritus Professor at the School of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Crete, where he founded and directed the Laboratory of Toxic and Hazardous Waste Management for almost 18 years. During the period 1985-2001 he was Director and Vice-President of the Battelle Institute of Germany, while from 1980 untill 1985 he was Scientific Associate and Program Manager in the Research Centre GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht also in Germany. The scientific fields of his concern include hazardous waste management, sustainable municipal solid waste management and soil and groundwater remediation, using innovative technologies. He has collaborated with many research centers and institutes (e.g. Max-Planck, MIT, Battelle Memorial Institute, BNNL, etc.) and has been a visitor professor in many Universities, such as the Technical University of Hamburg, Dresden and Cottbus in Germany. He possesses 5 patents, has published more than 100 papers in scientific journals and has presented more than 200 papers in different international scientific conferences. In 2015, he became an elected member of the International Waste Working Group (IWWG) Managing Board and this period (2021-2022) he is the President of IWWG.