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

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.

Visit NIA at EuroNanoForum 2017

NIAis delighted to be sharing a stand at the EuroNanoForum 2017 with University of Leeds, INERIS,Tutech and National Research Centre for the Working Environment (NRCWE).

The stand will hold discussion groups, workshops and other activities including a showcasing of industry developments in new sectors, safe-by-design  tools and uptakes and regulatory advice.

NIA launches Regulatory Digest

6 April saw the launch of NIA's new regulatory service to Members, a monthly Regulatory Digest.  This newsletter will provide an ongoing review of regulatory changes and processes relevant to NIA members, activities from NIA within those processes and support available to Members.