HMRecycle project will introduce a heavy metal (HM) recycling system for wastewater treatment or more precisely, the novel membrane biological reactor (MBR) with innovative nano pre-treatment cartridge that contains functionalized nanomaterials (FNMs) as adsorbents for heavy metals. The latter are capable of specific and selective removal of the most important contaminants in leachate/industrial wastewaters – heavy metals (eg. Cu, Zn, Cd, Cr, Ni, Pb, Hg). Adsorbents can later be reused and heavy metals recycled.
With the optimization of functionalized nanomaterials (FNMs) and the innovative HMRecycling MBR system, we will be able to clean and reuse not only municipal, but also leachate/industrial wastewaters, where existing MBR treatment plants are not effective. HMRecycling system represents a complete market novelty, as it has wider applicability and introduces a new technological approach to the recycling of heavy metals from wastewaters. Despite the fact that the advancement of membrane technology in recent years has allowed a significant reduction in the cost of initial investment in technology, high operating costs remain a significant problem.