Recycling & Waste

Recycling WorldAn increasing number of nanomaterial-based innovations finds application in established value- and product chains, leading to an increased interest from industry, academia, governments and stakeholders looking at lifecycle assessment of nanomaterials and how nanowaste is generated and handled. NIA takes part in these discussions and bring forward the views of the nanotechnoly industries. 


There are three broad origins of waste from nanomaterials, with categorisation similar to conventional waste:

  1. Waste generated during the production of nanomaterials or nanotechnology derived products
  2. Waste generated during the usage of nanomaterials or nanotechnology derived products (e.g. abrasion, degradation etc)
  3. Waste generated during the end-of-life activities (e.g. recycling, incineration, landfill etc)


The European Commission has launched thematic studies that explores nanomaterials and the EU environmental legislation; in 2011, a report was published that looks at the Coherence of Waste Legislation in the EU.

In May 2012, the OECD held a workshop on 'Safe Management of Nanowaste' were NIA attended. More information about this workshop is available for NIA Members at the Members area.


Support for NIA Members:

NIA offers a number of services and activities in support of the waste disposal and recycling communities.

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News & Alerts

Safe by Design workshop slides published

NIA was part of a multi-project consortium that delivered the 2 day workshop "Nanomaterials: Industrial workshop on Safe by Design" in Bilbao on April 24-25, managed by the project Nanogentools.

Projects dedicated to building the concept and tools behind Safe by Design came together, including:

JRC report 'NanoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials' published

NIA welcomes publication of the JRC Science for Policy Report 'NANoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials'.
The comprehensive report was co-authored by NIA's David Carlander from the collaborative work within the NANoREG project "A common European approach to the regulatory testing of nanomaterials", funded by the European Union's 7th Framework Programme.