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Each year about 1.3 Mt of Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) dust and around 50 kt of Cupola Furnace (CF)

dusts are generated in Europe. These dusts contain a lot of valuable metals (Zn, Cd, Cr, Ni, Pb). Most steelworks in the ESEE RIS region operate EAFs for steel scrap-based steel production. No recycling plant operates in ESEE region causes additional costs of transporting the dust to the nearest Zn recovery plant. In RIS region, knowledge for extraction of a narrow range of EAF dust compounds exists, and also the utilisation of residues uses in construction industry. RIS DustRec proejct aims to:


  • recovery of all economical compounds of the dusts (Zn, Pb, Cu, Fe and others),

  • minimal waste discharge,

  • economic feasibilty with improved environemntal and social impacts.


The proposed innovative approach involves combining emerging techniques from innovative

magnetic and gravity separation methods to new pyro- and hydro-metallurgical reprocessing

technologies for the separated fractions.

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