Invited Session: Circular Economy

Method for Dynamic Visualization of Waste Management Performance (0.5 CEU)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
17:00 – 17:30
Room 319

Moderator: William Avila, Asociación Andina de Residuos, Colombia

This presentation describes the dynamic visualization of waste management performance using the Ternary Diagram Method. Municipal waste management performance depends primarily on three treatment categories: recycling and composting, incineration and landfilling. The proposed circular economy package should stimulate Europe’s transition towards more sustainable resources and energy oriented waste management. The Package also includes a revised legislative proposal on waste that sets ambitious recycling rates for municipal waste for 2025 (60 percent) and 2030 (65 percent). Using Ternary Diagram Method, three types of visualization for the municipal waste management performance have been investigated and extensively described. Therefore, for better understanding of municipal waste management performance in last 20 years, dynamic visualization of the Eurostat table-form data on all 28 member states of the EU has been carried out in three different ways:

  • “Performance Positioning” of waste management unit(s) at a specific date
  • “Performance dynamics” over a certain time period
  • EVALUATE the respective potential of application of dry way and wet way AD technologies and consequences on water global mass balance
  • “Performance development” expressed as a track(s)

Results obtained show that the Ternary Diagram Method is very well suited to be used for better understanding of past developments and coherences, for monitoring of current situations and prognosis of future paths.


Roland Pomberger, Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont., Head of Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, AVAW, Austria

Roland Pomberger

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Roland Pomberger is the head of the Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management (AVAW) (http://avaw.unileoben.ac.at/en/team/id,7/) at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben. The university is well-known as one of the best in Austria, performing high-quality research in a wide range of technological areas like environmental and energy process engineering, including waste processing technology and waste management. He has worked on national and international projects in cooperation with different companies and institutions. Also, he is a member of national and international working groups, a scientific reviewer for WM&R and has received several honors and awards for his work. He has authored a wide range of publications in the scientific area of waste management and technology.