From 2017 to 2020, the greater Reykjavík municipal waste company SORPA bs. is sponsoring research into the processing of waste at the Álfsnes waste management site, in partnership with the environmental engineering company ReSource International ehf. (RSI). Currently, mixed household waste is landfilled, but there is a moratorium on landfill organic waste due to come into force in 2020. Thus, a biogas and compost plant is being built to receive 20.000 tons of organic waste annually, along with various means of removing contaminants such as plastic. This will also allow for better utilization of waste streams, with increased biogas production, a new generation of compost production, production of other useful organic compounds such as biodiesel or fertilizer and a relatively pure inorganic fraction with many possibilities for recycling or useful diversion.
In this program, two MSc students will work each year on two research streams.
More information can be found HERE.