Nordic Innovation – Waste Management

Collection of methane from landfills, microplastic sampling and innovative soultions for waste management.
Yes, waste, resources and our planet are more than worth taking good care of!

Nordic Innovation


ÅF R&D on microplastics presented at international conferences

We are thankful for our collaboration with ÅF Consulting on this project and proud that the equipment and method we developed for microplastic sampling was a key element for its success.

See the article here: ÅF R&D on microplastics presented at international conferences


Smart Bins Pilot in Reykjavík City

ReSource International ehf. has carried out an initial study on what aspects should be considered in a smart bin project in collaboration with Reykjavík city and the partners from the Nordic Smart City Network (NSCN). The work showed that cities have common challenges in the field and that collaboration is a key component to accelerate the implementation of smart city solutions.

Reykjavík city and RSI have implemented a pilot project this summer for smart bin solutions with different sensor providers. The sensors selected have different types of measurement and connectivity in order to test a full panel of solutions available on the market today. In addition, a LoRaWAN gateway will be installed to test specific connectivity and network for smart city solutions. The Gateway/​Network could be used to test other types of smart city solutions (lighting, parking, traffic, water, etc.). First results of the pilot are expected after this winter. After the first pilot, it will be possible to efficiently integrate further smart bin solutions within the city operations.


Waste-​Polymer Enhanced Asphalt

ReSource International ehf. have been working hard at experimenting with waste-​polymer enhanced asphalt. The project has been funded by Tækniþróunarsjóður Rannís and the results are strikingly good.

The research objective is coined in order to ensure an economically feasible, residual resource-​reliant and environmentally friendly solution for bound asphalt which simultaneously enhances asphalt and supports Iceland’s goals on sustainability.

Main results: 28 asphalt mixtures were tested, four replicates for each asphalt mixture, which were tested for: Marshall stability and flow, density and void content.

The results indicate that a doubled force is needed to break asphalt enhanced with waste-​polymers. Lastly, wheel-​track tests were performed which shows the tendency of asphalt to form wheel-tracks.

Wheel-​track results show that the addition of waste-​polymer decreases the asphalt‘s tendency to form wheel-​tracks. Waste-​polymer enhanced asphalt has set a record for the lowest wheel-​track formation recorded by the Icelandic Innovation Center (NMÍ) for the last 10 years (at least).

Next steps: To contionue, this project ReSource is going to send asphalt samples to test the resistance of spiked tires and monitor the particulate matter for microplastics. Additionally, there are plans to lay a test section of waste-​polymer enhanced road in order to monitor the performance of the asphalt in a real-​life situation.

ReSource is looking forward to developing the project further and is excited to see the impact it will have on plastic recycling in Iceland.


Operation of Gas Collection System at the Landfill Site in Glerárdalur

Since its beginning, ReSource International has been working on developing new approaches and methods for landfill gas collection management. We help our customers in their daily operation in order to optimize the gas collection and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Today we start our field work with Norðurorka which produces biofuel from the old landfill of the town in the North of Iceland. Methane gas is being utilized and supports Norðurorka’s environmental policy in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and utilizing renewable energy resources.


UN Global Compact Available for Icelandic Businesses and Municipalities

The UN Global Compact drives business and organizations’ awareness and actions in support of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Today we are happy to announce that RSI can provide consulting services to help companies and municipalities in achieving their sustainability goals using the UN Global compact framework.

UN Global Compact is gaining in strength in Iceland and at the international level. If you are interested in the methodology and you would like to know how to implement the strategy you can contact us.

We also would lie to inform you of an important event next week from FESTA that will take place at the Grand Hotel in Reykjavík on the 24th of October 2018. More information can be found on FESTA’s website here.

Besides, more information on the UN Global compact can be found here.


New Method Developed for Microplastic Measurement in Drinking Water

ReSource International is happy to announce that the company finalized its method development for microplastic counting in drinking water. Due to the difficulty of detecting and identifying microplastics, the method developed includes large samples as standard and uses fluorescence microscopy in laboratory quantification. Large efforts are also undertaken to quantify and prevent contamination in the sampling process, which has significantly affected most studies to date.

The project is done with the support and the participation of Orkuveita Reykjavikur, HS Orka (Reykjanes), Hafnarfjörður Municipality and Norðurorka (Akureyri).

Other water facilities are welcome to join the project and contact us for further information.


How Robots With Lasers Can Fight Climate Change: Mapping Landfill Methane Emissions with an UAV-​mounted Laser Sensor

These last weeks ReSource International has been testing a laser methane sensor supplied by Pergam Suisse on landfills in the southwest of Iceland. The sensor is normally used for ground-​based leak detection in the natural gas industry, and we have been able to mount it on one of our drones to detect methane leaks in the landfills which we work on. After processing raw data with our 3D elevation models using GIS software, we can create high-​resolution maps of emissions and compare them to visible and thermal photographs. Our goal is to be able to quantify emissions and thus monitor the effectiveness of the mitigation measures which we work with, such as gas collection systems and bio-covers.

ReSource International has specialized itself for the past years in landfill monitoring and landfill gas collection systems. In addition, the company is operating a drone program, offering perfect opportunities to apply this technology to landfills.

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An example of data output after treatment (RSI-​2018)


Leak Detection on Hot Water Pipelines

ReSource International has successfully completed the detection of leakage on hot water pipelines. Our company is using drones equipped with a thermal camera to inspect several kilometres long hot water pipelines for the water facilities in Iceland. This method allows to document hot water leaks and can be applied even in remote areas. Using this method in partnership with the water facilities operators, it becomes possible to increase transport efficiency and reduce loss in hot water pipelines.


Measuring Microplastics in Landfill Leachate

In collaboration with the Swedish consulting company ÅF, ReSource has completed the sampling of two Icelandic landfills in Álfsnes and Fílfholt. The project is supported by the Nordic Co-​operation and the Swedish EPA and aims at the sampling and analysis of microplastics particles from landfill leachate.

During this project, the equipment designed and built by ReSource will be used in Iceland, Norway and Finland. The novelty of the equipment lays in the fact that large samples can be filtered straight on site, increasing the volume filtered and facilitating the processing of the samples for further analysis. Results will be published later this year.