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.

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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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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...
25/06/16|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...
25/06/16|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...
16/06/16|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...
11/06/16|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...
09/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Solid waste containing persistent organic pollutants in Serbia: From precautionary measures to the final treatment (case study)

Sustainable solid waste management needs more dedicated attention in respect of environmental and human health protection. Solid waste containing persistent organic pollutants is of special concern, since persistent organic pollutants are persistent, toxic and of high risk to human health and the environment...
09/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Innovative use of recovered municipal solid waste incineration bottom ash as a component in growing media

The utilisation of municipal solid waste incineration bottom ash has been extensively studied, for example, in the unbound layers of roads and the products of cement and concrete industry. On the other hand, less attention has been given to other innovative utilisation possibilities, such as using the municipal solid waste incineration bottom ash as a component in growing media of plants...
03/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Thermal treatment of electronic waste in a fluidised bed and chemical digestion of solid products

The article presents the results of e-waste thermal treatment in a fluidised bed reactor and solid products digestion under acidic conditions. During the processes, measurements of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen bromide, hydrogen cyanide, ammonia, phenol, aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, hydrogen fluoride and phosgene were carried out...
31/05/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Greenhouse gas emissions of waste management processes and options: A case study

Increasing concern about climate change is prompting organisations to mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions. Waste management activities also contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. In the waste management sector, there has been an increasing diversion of waste sent to landfill, with much emphasis on recycling and reuse to prevent emissions...
28/05/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Combined heating and chemical treatment for oil recovery from aging crude oil

With increasing use of chemical oil displacement agents in tertiary recovery and the application of various demulsifiers for crude oil dehydration, a large amount of aging crude oil containing a high ratio of water is produced, and it is very difficult for processing and utilisation...
28/05/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Identification of locally available structural material as co-substrate for organic waste composting in Tamil Nadu, India

Owing to the lack in structural strength while composting certain kinds of organic wastes, 11 co-substrates were tested that are generally locally available in rural areas of northern Tamil Nadu, India. In addition to the classical composting parameters such as carbon/nitrogen ratio, moisture content, dry matter and organic dry matter, a compression test was conducted to evaluate the structural strength and the suitability as bulking agent for composting processes...
26/05/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Effect of aeration rate, moisture content and composting period on availability of copper and lead during pig manure composting

Pollution by heavy metals, such as copper and lead, has become a limiting factor for the land application of faecal manures, such as pig manure. This study was conducted to investigate the influence of composting process parameters, including aeration rate, moisture content and composting period, on the distribution of heavy metal species during composting, and to select an optimal parameter for copper and lead inactivation...
26/05/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Hydrogen-rich gas production via fast pyrolysis of biophysical dried sludge: Effect of particle size and moisture content on product yields and syngas composition

After biophysical drying, a novel biophysical dried sludge particle was obtained. This work aims to investigate the function and effects of particle sizes and moisture contents on the fast pyrolysis of biophysical dried sludge particles. The results showed that large particles (>4 mm) favoured the oil generation with a maximum value of 19...
26/05/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Utilisation of biomass gasification by-products for onsite energy production

Small scale biomass gasification is a sector with growth and increasing applications owing to the environmental goals of the European Union and the incentivised policies of most European countries. This study addresses two aspects, which are at the centre of attention concerning the operation and development of small scale gasifiers; reuse of waste and increase of energy efficiency...
26/05/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Assessment of alternative disposal methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from municipal solid waste in India

Open dumping, the most commonly practiced method of solid waste disposal in Indian cities, creates serious environment and economic challenges, and also contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. The present article attempts to analyse and identify economically effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from municipal solid waste...
26/05/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Recovery of combustibles from electrostatic precipitator discharge

Coal is the main fuel for the direct reduced iron (DRI) plants of India, which are one of the major sources of fly ash generation. The generation of fly ash and its disposal has raised concern because of the environmental impacts. In the present study, two different fly ash samples were investigated to explore the scope of recovery of combustibles...
26/05/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com


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