Tools SOILCOM presented on WasteEng conference

31 October 2022 - Published by Hanne Lakkenborg Kristensen

Phillipp Lüssenhop, Steffen Walk, Ina Körner, TUHH, August 2022

The WasteENG conference on engineering for waste and biomass valorisation brings the worlds experts on theses topics together every two years. The experts on waste management and biomass valorisation met for a week in Copenhagen to discuss the latest research and developments in their fields. This year, it took place from June 27th to June 30th in Copenhagen, Denmark. Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), member of the SOILCOM consortium attended and brought SOILCOM topics closer to the waste management community.

Bioresource information tool (BRIT) – an open source tool for methodical GIS-based bioresource inventories

by Phillipp Lüssenhop, Ina Körner

Knowing and controlling the input streams in composting plants is essential, when aiming at quality composts for plant growth. Case studies on urban biowaste generation and collection in the Northsea region were presented. The data were compiled in the BRIT-tool. It is an open source solution for collaborative data collection and a platform for inventories. The basic tool structure has been developed in the FLEXIBI project and is adjusted now for SOILCOM studies.



Degradation of certified compostable plastic bags in a composting facility – determination of macro, meso and micro particle size fraction in compost
by Stefan Deegener,  Ina Körner, Paulina E. Borges, Michelle Viramontes Espinosa

Biowaste from households is a good composting substrate. The use of compostable plastic bags might enhance the collection of such
biowaste: In Germany, brands of plastic bags are certified as compostable if they comply DIN 13432. TUHH conducted experiments in a
composting facility under practice conditions and studied the formation of micro, meso and macro particles.
Under unfavourable composting conditions, these bags might contribute to compost impurities.


E-cargo bikes in waste management: a case study on alternative food waste collection
by Steffen Walk, Stephanie Hernandez, Ostos, Ina Körner

Current biowaste collection practices show multiple limitations. In a case study, a new decentralised biowaste collection system was
tested with a cargo bike. The first tests indicate the suitability of the bike for collection of food waste from households. Benefits
compared to current procedures relate to traffic and emission reduction. It could be applicable in specific city districts.
The study was carried out in projects closely related to SOILCOM.