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Date: 7 – 9 March 2017
Frequency: Annual
Sequence: 8th edition
Organizer: Via Expo
Venue: Sofia, Inter Expo Center

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

  • The exhibition featured a strong international presence - 50% of the participants were from abroad. Leading companies from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland took part. Finding distributors and launching new products were among the main reasons for them to be part of the event.
  • Exhibitor Profile: Waste Effective Processing, Waste Collection Technologies; Transport Vehicles; Waste Treatment Equipment; Hazardous Waste Treatment; Composting; Waste-to-Energy; Recycling Systems and Technologies
  • Participants showcased technologies for treatment and recycling of plastic, construction, paper, styrofoam, metal and biodegradable waste, electrical and electronic scrap.
  • For 7th year in a row 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.
  • Save the Planet and the parallel events attracted visitors from 26 countries.

Post Event Report 2016



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



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Via Expo is a Member of:

Bulgarian Association of Recycling

Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association

Bulgarian- Swiss Chamber of Commerce

German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Bulgarian Industrial Association

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From collision to collaboration - Integrating informal recyclers and re-use operators in Europe: A review

The European Union hosts some of the world’s most developed waste management systems and an ambitious policy commitment to the circular economy. The existence of informal recycling and re-use activities in Europe has been vigorously denied until quite recently, and remains a very challenging subject for the European solid waste management sector, as well as for European government and private institutions...
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The market of electrical and electronic equipment waste in Portugal: Analysis of take-back consumers decisions

This paper aims to ascertain the efficacy and acceptability of five incentive schemes for the take-back of waste electrical and electronic equipment in Portugal, focusing in consumers’ perspectives. It assesses users’ perception of these items, evaluating the motivations and interests they have concerning the market of waste electrical and electronic equipment...
22/07/16|05:11 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Comparison of scenarios for the integrated management of construction and demolition waste by life cycle assessment: A case study in Brazil

Brazil, as a result of economic development and strengthening of the construction industry in recent years, is generating an increasing amount of construction and demolition waste (CDW). Hence, environmental assessment of the management systems is vital...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

The assessment of air emissions increase due to the collection of municipal solid waste with old collection vehicles: A case study of Ludbreg (Croatia)

The usage of old equipment (over 10-year-old diesel-fuelled waste collection vehicles, WCVs) for municipal solid waste (MSW) collection in Ludbreg for longer than a decade has had a negative environmental impact, which has been reduced by replacing an old diesel WCV with a new diesel WCV...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

A spatial analysis of hierarchical waste transport structures under growing demand

The design of waste management systems rarely accounts for the spatio-temporal evolution of the demand. However, recent studies suggest that this evolution affects the planning of waste management activities like the choice and location of treatment facilities...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

The UK waste input-output table: Linking waste generation to the UK economy

In order to achieve a circular economy, there must be a greater understanding of the links between economic activity and waste generation. This study introduces the first version of the UK waste input–output table that could be used to quantify both direct and indirect waste arisings across the supply chain...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Waste electrical and electronic equipment management and Basel Convention compliance in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) nations

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) nations account for one-quarter of the world’s land area, having more than 40% of the world’s population, and only one-quarter of the world gross national income. Hence the study and review of waste electrical and electronic equipment management systems in BRICS nations is of relevance...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Forecasting of construction and demolition waste in Brazil

The objective of this article is to develop a computerised tool (software) that facilitates the analysis of strategies for waste management on construction sites through the use of indicators of construction and demolition waste generation. The development involved the following steps: knowledge acquisition, structuring the system, coding and system evaluation...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Economic and environmental benefits of landfill gas utilisation in Oman

Municipal solid waste disposed in landfill sites decomposes under anaerobic conditions and produces so-called landfill-gas, which contains 30%–40% of carbon dioxide (CO2) and 50%–60% of methane (CH4). Methane has the potential of causing global warming 25 times more than CO2...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Waste management under a life cycle approach as a tool for a circular economy in the canned anchovy industry

The anchovy canning industry has high importance in the Cantabria Region (North Spain) from economic, social and touristic points of view. The Cantabrian canned anchovy is world-renowned owing to its handmade and traditional manufacture. The canning process generates huge amounts of several food wastes, whose suitable management can contribute to benefits for both the environment and the economy, closing the loop of the product life cycle...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Treatment of a mud pit by bioremediation

The mud generated from oil and natural gas drilling, presents a considerable ecological problem. There are still insufficient remedies for the removal and minimization of these very stable emulsions. Existing technologies that are in use, more or less successfully, treat about 20% of generated waste drilling mud, while the rest is temporarily deposited in so-called mud pits...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Evaluation of key driver categories influencing sustainable waste management development with the analytic hierarchy process (AHP): Serbia example

The problems of waste management have become increasingly complex in recent decades. The increasing amount of generated waste, adopted legislation in the field of waste management, administrative issues, economic impacts and social awareness are important drivers in achieving a sustainable waste management system...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Non-deposit system option for waste management on small islands

This paper analyses waste management on small islands (on a global scale these are micro-islands). In the context of the paper, small islands are islands that have an area less than 50 km2. The study presents an overview of the problems connected with waste transport from islands to the mainland...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Did we choose the best one? A new site selection approach based on exposure and uptake potential for waste incineration

Ecological problems arising after the construction and operation of a waste incineration plant generally originate from incorrect decisions made during the selection of the location of the plant. The main objective of this study is to investigate how the selection method for the location of a new municipal waste incineration plant can be improved by using a dispersion modelling approach supported by geographical information systems and multi-criteria decision analysis...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Utilization of ferrochrome wastes such as ferrochrome ash and ferrochrome slag in concrete manufacturing

Solid waste management is one of the subjects essentially addressing the current interest today. Due to the scarcity of land filling area, utilization of wastes in the construction sector has become an attractive proposition for disposal. Ferrochrome ash (FA) is a dust obtained as a waste material from the gas cleaning plant of Ferro alloy industries...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Calculating the costs of waste collection: A methodological proposal

Waste collection and transport can generate up to 70% of the total costs of the system. Separated collection of recyclables implies additional costs for which the sale of recycled waste often does not compensate, but there is increased pressure to reach the long-term recycling objectives set by law...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com


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