INTERWASTE’s research activities

There are 4 strands of research activity within INTERWASTE, each of which address one or more research objectives (ROs) and workpackages (WPs). These strands are:

  • Strand 1 - Characterising and developing understanding of emissions/flow of FRs in the waste stream and their environmental impacts (ROs 1-3)
  • Strand 2 - Waste water epidemiology applied to consumer chemicals (PPCPs and FRs) (RO4)
  • Strand 3 - Exploring the potential utility of in vitro techniques to elucidate uptake by biota (e.g. bioaccessibility) of FRs present in the waste stream, along with the pathways and rates of degradation/metabolism of such FRs, (RO5) and
  • Strand 4 - Exploitation of state-of-the-art analytical techniques to help address issues tackled in strands 1-3), coupled with promotion of contaminant measurement quality and harmonization (ROs 6 and 7)

INTERWASTE’s research objectives (ROs)

These are:

  • RO1 To exchange knowledge of and best practice in methods for rapid and cost-effective identification of waste items containing restricted and novel FRs (strand 1, WP1)
  • RO2 To develop scientific understanding of the contamination of biota arising from the processing of waste items containing FRs (strand 1, WP2)
  • RO3 To develop scientific understanding of the contamination of the abiotic environment arising from the processing of waste items containing FRs (strand 1, WP3)
  • RO4 To further understanding of the sources, fate and behaviour of PPCPs and FRs in the sewerage system (strand 2, WP4)
  • RO5 To enhance scientific knowledge of the use of in vitro techniques for elucidating uptake and metabolism of PPCPs and FRs (strand 3, WP5)
  • RO6 To exchange best practice in analytical chemistry techniques for measuring FRs and PPCPs (strand 4, WP6)
  • RO7 To conduct an interlaboratory comparison of the capacity of INTERWASTE participants to measure FRs in relevant environmental samples and to explore such a comparison for PPCPs (strand 4, WP7)

This will be achieved by a co-ordinated programme of collaboration centred around 87 research secondments totalling 224 researcher months between world-leading research groups both within and outside the EU; coupled with 4 annual research workshops to discuss the latest findings.