PSS 67: Waste as a Resource - The Urban Mine in Sustainable Cities

Waste management is an important issue given increasing population growth and consumption patterns. If discarded waste is not managed properly, it can impact the environment, cause pollution, generate greenhouse gas emissions, and result in significant material losses. Due to various challenges, only 60% out of approximately seven million tonnes of waste generated yearly in Singapore is recycled. There is potential for further resource recovery. This lecture will discuss the possibilities of clean, green and safe sustainable recycling. It will introduce the environmental impacts of large consumption products, including equipment for renewable energy and mobility, as well resource depletion and conservation. The concept of Urban Mine will be covered, where waste is viewed as a resource that can be converted to strategic commodities.

Join Prof Farouk Tedjar as he shares the latest best practices and ideas in waste management. This is a golden opportunity to exchange knowledge with a leading practitioner in the waste management field.

Topics include:

  • Environmental impacts of equipment for renewable energy and mobility
  • Consumption models linked with waste management
  • Scarcity of resources and impact of recycling
  • Sustainable recycling with regard to cleanness and safety of advanced processes


Prof Farouk Tedjar
Founder & Scientific Director

Dr Tedjar received his Doctor of Engineering in Electrometallurgy from the Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble in France and his PhD in Electrochemistry from the Scientific University of Grenoble. After working in the battery industry as a technical manager for five years, he joined the University of Sétif in Algeria as Dean of the Scientific Faculty and Professor of Electrochemistry. There, he worked on advanced materials for aqueous batteries. In 1993, he patented his first process for recycling batteries using hydrometallurgy at the University of Grenoble. He then founded RECUPYL and served as its President from 1994 to 2013. He is currently the Scientific Director of RECUPYL and the main inventor of all patents owned by the company.

In his career, Dr Tedjar has produced 65 scientific papers, attended and spoken at 48 international conferences, and holds 14 patents in relation to WEEE recycling, battery recycling, steel dust, asbestos and fly ash. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble in Physicochemical and Electrochemistry laboratory (LEPMI) and an European Expert in the European Commission.

The lecture is pending accreditation by the Professional Engineers Board’s Continuing Professional Development Programme for Engineers in Singapore.

24 February 2016
(Closing Date: 17 February 2016)

4.00 pm to 5.30 pm
(Registration begins at 3.30 pm)

Level 25 Environment Building
40 Scotts Road
Singapore 228231

This lecture is complimentary.
To register, please click here.

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