Waste Management & Recycling Conference

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

Save the Planet Conference presents case studies on waste management and a closer look at the market potential in South-East Europe. It provides opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and implementation experiences, to find partners for future projects.

The 2016 Edition at a Glance

The seventh edition of ‘Save the Planet’ was officially opened by the Bulgarian Minister of Environment and Water - Ivelina Vasileva. 11 renowned speakers: from Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the USA took part. Most of them were representatives of institutions, significant branch associations and companies such as Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water, DG Environment, European Commission, European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services, European Biogas Association, ProPellets, Think Beyond Plastic, Martin GmbH, Elit 95, etc.

The speakers discussed latest trends and policies in waste management and recycling, circular economy, construction and demolition material recovery. ‘How to turn bio-waste into resource?’ was a special session for the decision makers in the food, agriculture and woodworking sectors.

Post Event Report 2016





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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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IRENEC 2016 and 2017

The Renewable Energy Conference in 2016 and 2017 taking place in Istanbul
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Update of enerCEE maps

Maps show total production of electricity and renewable production thereof.Time series were...
22/08/16|02:59 -- enercee.net

The effect of additives on migration and transformation of gaseous pollutants in the vacuum pyrolysis process of waste printed circuit boards

The effect of six additives (CaCO3, HZSM-5, CaO, Al2O3, FeOOH and Ca(OH)2) on the generation, migration, transformation and escaping behaviours of typical gaseous pollutants in the pyrolysis process were studied by vacuum pyrolysis experiments on epoxy resin powder from waste printed circuit boards with tube furnace...
18/08/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Results of fibre and toner flotation depending on oleic acid dosage

The literature was reviewed with respect to deinking flotation methods with toner samples, specifically emphasizing the speciation of copy machine and laser printing, which produce an increasing quantity of paper that is difficult to recycle. Speciation here refers to the physical-chemical characteristics of the toner, which change because of the polymerization (fusion) and oxidation process, due to exposure to heat, light and oxygen (air) during the printing process...
15/08/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Towards more sustainable management of European food waste: Methodological approach and numerical application

Trying to respond to the latest policy needs, the work presented in this article aims at developing a life-cycle based framework methodology to quantitatively evaluate the environmental and economic sustainability of European food waste management options...
15/08/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Assessment of collection schemes for packaging and other recyclable waste in European Union-28 Member States and capital cities

The Waste Framework Directive obliged European Union Member States to set up separate collection systems to promote high quality recycling for at least paper, metal, plastic and glass by 2015. As implementation of the requirement varies across European Union Member States, the European Commission contracted BiPRO GmbH/Copenhagen Resource Institute to assess the separate collection schemes in the 28 European Union Member States, focusing on capital cities and on metal, plastic, glass (with packaging as the main source), paper/cardboard and bio-waste...
15/08/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Waste flow analysis and life cycle assessment of integrated waste management systems as planning tools: Application to optimise the system of the City of Bologna

The results of this case study are used to argue that waste management planning should follow a detailed process, adequately confronting the complexity of the waste management problems and the specificity of each urban area and of regional/national situations...
15/08/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Financial implications of compliance with EU waste management goals: Feasibility and consequences in a transition country

This paper outlines the approach that can assist decision makers to have first preliminary insights regarding costs of complying with requested European Union municipal waste management goals in transition and developing countries. Serbia, as a joining member of European Union, must confront itself with the challenges resulting from European Union waste management directives...
15/08/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Assessment of economic instruments for countries with low municipal waste management performance: An approach based on the analytic hierarchy process

Economic instruments provide significant potential for countries with low municipal waste management performance in decreasing landfill rates and increasing recycling rates for municipal waste. In this research, strengths and weaknesses of landfill tax, pay-as-you-throw charging systems, deposit–refund systems and extended producer responsibility schemes are compared, focusing on conditions in countries with low waste management performance...
15/08/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Quantitative option analysis for implementation and management of landfills

The selection of the most feasible strategy for implementation of landfills is a challenging step. Potential implementation options of landfills cover a wide range, from conventional construction contracts to the concessions. Montenegro, seeking to improve the efficiency of the public services while maintaining affordability, was considering privatisation as a way to reduce public spending on service provision...
15/08/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Sustainability assessment and comparison of waste management systems: The Cities of Sofia and Nis case studies

Sustainability assessment of a waste management system is a very complex problem for numerous reasons. Firstly, it is a problem of environmental assessment, economic viability and social acceptability, and also a choice of the most practical waste treatment technique, taking into account all the specific areas in which a waste management system is implemented...
15/08/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Using multi-criteria decision making for selection of the optimal strategy for municipal solid waste management

Multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) is a relatively new tool for decision makers who deal with numerous and often contradictory factors during their decision making process. This paper presents a procedure to choose the optimal municipal solid waste (MSW) management system for the area of the city of Kragujevac (Republic of Serbia) based on the MCDM method...
15/08/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Seroprevalence of hepatitis B and C among domestic and healthcare waste handlers in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Infection with the hepatitis B and C viruses may occur through contact with infected body fluids, including injury with infected sharps. Collectors of domestic or healthcare wastes are potentially exposed to these infections. The aim of this article is to investigate the risk factors associated with the prevalence of hepatitis B and C viruses (HBV and HCV) infection among domestic and healthcare waste workers in Belo Horizonte, Brazil...
15/08/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Resource recovery from waste by Roma in the Balkans: A case study from Zavidovici (BiH)

Roma communities represent the main involved actors in the informal activities in the Balkan regions, especially because the state does not formally recognize them as formal inhabitants. The Roma community in Zavidovici, despite being resident since the beginning of the 20th century, is still considered a marginalized and vulnerable group...
15/08/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

A steady state model of agricultural waste pyrolysis: A mini review

Agricultural waste is one of the main renewable energy resources available, especially in an agricultural country such as Serbia. Pyrolysis has already been considered as an attractive alternative for disposal of agricultural waste, since the technique can convert this special biomass resource into granular charcoal, non-condensable gases and pyrolysis oils, which could furnish profitable energy and chemical products owing to their high calorific value...
15/08/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Mini-review of the geotechnical parameters of municipal solid waste: Mechanical and biological pre-treated versus raw untreated waste

The most viable option for biostabilisation of old sanitary landfills, filled with raw municipal solid waste, is the so-called bioreactor landfill. Even today, bioreactor landfills are viable options in many economically developing countries. However, in order to reduce the biodegradable component of landfilled waste, mechanical and biological treatment has become a widely accepted waste treatment technology, especially in more prosperous countries...
15/08/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com


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