If Mahomet Won‘t Come to the Mountain, the Mountain Must Come to Mahomet: Transforming Sampling and Preparation Services for Circular Economy Materials through a Specialized TOS Compliant Mechanical Sampling Hub

Duncan Aldwin Vogel

DOI: 10.62178/sst.001.006

Abstract

Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA) is a by-product formed at the base of waste incineration furnaces during the combustion of waste materials, e.g. municipal solid waste. Comprised primarily of metal, glass, and mineral species, the Heavy Non-Ferrous fraction of IBA (HNF) is especially rich in valuable metal concentrations of copper, gold, silver, platinum, and palladium. Serving as an optimal feedstock for metal smelters, this IBA fraction presents distinct environmental advantages as secondary, circular metals requires fewer production steps and reduced energy consumption compared to their virgin counterparts derived from natural ore and mineral concentrates. Because of its intrinsic high value, accurate and representative sampling and testing of IBA is essential for equitable commercial transactions. The highly heterogeneous nature of IBA presents complex sampling, testing, and analysis challenges, which require strict adherence to sampling approaches in complete compliance with the Theory of Sampling (TOS).

Published in Issue 1 · January 2024

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Vogel, D. A. (2024). If Mahomet Won‘t Come to the Mountain, the Mountain Must Come to Mahomet: Transforming Sampling and Preparation Services for Circular Economy Materials through a Specialized TOS Compliant Mechanical Sampling Hub. Sampling Science & Technology, January 2024(1), 42-51. https://doi.org/10.62178/sst.001.006

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