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Date: 5-7 April 2016
Frequency: Annual
Sequence: 7th edition
Organizer: Via Expo
Venue: Sofia, Inter Expo Center
Working hours for visitors: 5 - 6 April: 10.00 - 18.00 h.; 7 April: 10.00 - 17.00 h.

Save the Planet is the only specialized business event in Bulgaria dedicated to waste management, following the trend of replacing the ‘take, make, dispose' model with a ‘circular economy’ approach across Europe. The exhibition’s focus is the South-East European market, which must respond timely to the growing environmental damage.

EU members from SE Europe have to recycle 70% of their construction waste, 50% of the municipal waste and 35% of biodegradable waste till 2020. They are facing numerous challenges to improve their resource efficiency and to achieve the high European waste management targets.

The 2016 Edition at a Glance

  • Till the present leading companies from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Slovakia and Switzerland have confirmed their participation. Finding distributors and launching new products are among the main reasons for them to be part of the event.
  • Exhibitors will present solutions covering the whole process of waste management: treatment, transport, collection, disposal, recovery and recycling.
  • Austrian Pavilion
  • Italian Group Participation

Save the Planet 2015

  • Once again Austria was a supporting country due to its remarkable achievements. They were demonstrated at the traditional Austrian Pavilion, the realization of which was supported by ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Sofia
  • The exhibition featured a strong international presence - 71% of the participants were from abroad. Direct exhibitors from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Switzerland showcased their latest solutions.
  • A new highlight during 2015 was the Italian Participation.
  • Save the Planet and the parallel events attracted visitors from 37 countries – 22% from them were from abroad.

Post Event Report 2015



Anelia Karanova: +359 32/512899, 32/393958, nelly@viaexpo.com



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Implementation of a multi-variable regression analysis in the assessment of the generation rate and composition of hospital solid waste for the design of a sustainable management system in developing countries

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Seismic characterization and dynamic site response of a municipal solid waste landfill in Bangalore, India

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Biochemical methane potential, biodegradability, alkali treatment and influence of chemical composition on methane yield of yard wastes

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