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Paolo Viotti   Professor  Institute, Department or Faculty Head 
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Paolo Viotti published an article in January 2019.
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Vincenzo Torretta

114 shared publications

Department of Theoretical and Applied Sciences, Insubria University, 21100 Varese, Italy

Marco Ragazzi

70 shared publications

Department of Civil Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, 38123 Trento, Italy

Elena Magaril

57 shared publications

Department of Environmental Economics, Ural Federal University, Mira str., 19, 620002 Ekaterinburg, Russia

Lucian-Ionel Cioca

47 shared publications

Department of Engineering and Management, Engineering Faculty, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Victoriei 10, 550024 Sibiu, Romania

Massimo Raboni

45 shared publications

School of Industrial Engineering, LIUC – University Cattaneo, Castellanza, VA, Italy

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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations How to improve recycling rate in developing big cities: An integrated approach for assessing municipal solid waste colle... Navarro Ferronato, Marco Ragazzi, Marcelo Antonio Gorritty P... Published: 01 January 2019
Environmental Development, doi: 10.1016/j.envdev.2019.01.002
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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Risk Assessment in a Materials Recycling Facility: Perspectives for Reducing Operational Issues Lucian Ionel Cioca, Navarro Ferronato, Paolo Viotti, Elena M... Published: 10 December 2018
Resources, doi: 10.3390/resources7040085
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Mechanical separation of light packaging waste is a useful practice for improving the quality of the recyclable waste flows and its exploitation in a frame of the circular economy. Materials Recovery Facilities can treat from 3000 to 5000 tons per year of light packaging waste. Concerning the plastic content, this is divided in four flows: PET, HDPE, other plastics, and waste rejects. The last two are generally used for energy recovery. For improving the quality of the recyclable plastic waste, a manual separation is required for reducing the impurities detectable in the final products. However, this practice could enhance the risk at work of the operators, which should be constantly monitored. This article explores the main differences of a manual separation and of a mechanical separation, assessing the costs and the health risk for the workers. The analysis started from the situation in an Italian Materials Recovery Facility, generalizing the context; a future scenario with the application of a mechanical separation is theoretically introduced. The main results obtained suggest that the manual separation plant improves the quality of the material, though increasing the risk of the operators due to the possible contact with sharp waste, sanitary danger, and risk of injuries for the mismanagement of machines, among others. The mechanical separation can be considered a real advantage from an economic point of view, since the operating costs are lower and the investment could be recovered in around 10 years, in an Italian-like context. On balance, on the one hand, the article provides indications for the private sector for improving the management of a Materials Recovery Facility, while, on the other hand, it detects the main pros and cons of both methodologies.
Article 0 Reads 1 Citation An empirical model for the evaluation of the dissolution rate from a DNAPL-contaminated area Antonella Luciano, Giuseppe Mancini, Vincenzo Torretta, Paol... Published: 02 October 2018
Environmental Science and Pollution Research, doi: 10.1007/s11356-018-3193-6
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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Contaminant back-diffusion from low-permeability layers as affected by groundwater velocity: A laboratory investigation ... Fabio Tatti, Marco Petrangeli Papini, Giuseppe Sappa, Massim... Published: 01 May 2018
Science of The Total Environment, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.347
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Article 6 Reads 7 Citations Critical Review of the Effects of Glyphosate Exposure to the Environment and Humans through the Food Supply Chain Vincenzo Torretta, Ioannis Katsoyiannis, Paolo Viotti, Elena... Published: 24 March 2018
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su10040950
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Glyphosate is a synthesis product and chemical substance that entered in the global market during the 70s. In the beginning, the molecule was used as an active principle in a wide range of herbicides, with great success. This was mainly due to its systemic and non-selective action against vegetable organisms and also to the spread of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) crops, which over the years were specifically created with a resistance to glyphosate. To date, the product is, for these reasons, the most sprayed and most used herbicide in the world. Because of its widespread diffusion into the environment, it was not long before glyphosate found itself at the center of an important scientific debate about its adverse effects on health and environment. In fact, in 2015 the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France), an organization referred to as the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO, Geneva, Switzerland), classified the substance as “likely carcinogenic” to humans. This triggered an immediate and negative reaction from the producer, who accused the Agency and claimed that they had failed to carry out their studies properly and that these conclusions were largely contradictory to published research. Additionally, in 2015, just a few months after the IARC monography published on glyphosate, the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy), another WHO related organization, declared that it was “unlikely” that the molecule could be carcinogenic to humans or that it could cause any type of risk to human health. The conflict between the two organizations of the World Health Organization triggered many doubts, and for this reason, a series of independent studies were launched to better understand what glyphosate’s danger to humans and the environment really was. The results have brought to light how massive use of the herbicide has created over time a real global contamination that has not only affected the soil, surface and groundwater as well as the atmosphere, but even food and commonly used objects, such as diapers, medical gauze, and absorbent for female intimate hygiene. How human health is compromised as a result of glyphosate exposure is a topic that is still very debatable and still unclear and unambiguous. This paper is a review of the results of the main independent recent scientific studies.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Pore-scale simulations of concentration tails in heterogeneous porous media Paolo Roberto Di Palma, Andrea Parmigiani, Christian Huber, ... Published: 01 October 2017
Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, doi: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2017.08.003
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