The main output of OVAM in the RAWFILL project is an application to help municipalities and companies in taking a decision when dealing with landfill sites they possess. The application is a two step approach and follows a roadmap of possible pathways and actions to be taken along the way.
The first major intersection is DST 1, which will only need the most basic pieces of information, thus will be very easy to use. The output of DST 1 will give the user an idea about the potential of the landfill in terms of mining and will rank them so.
Landfills with a potential not high enough that a mining project can be expected in the foreseeable future will arrive in an interim use loop. Advises will be given to an optimal use of the landfill as it is, on the condition there’s no risk for the environment. These temporary solutions will buy time, ranging from a year to several decades, and will deliver one or more (ecosystem)services to society. When the loop ends, the potential will again be evaluated and restart or proceed to DST 2.
Landfills with a high potential will go to DST 2. This is the most complex application of the two and will require assistance from experts. The output of DST 2 will give a detailed cost/benefit scheme of the landfill mining project.