Waste Management & Recycling Conference

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Date: 5 April 2016
Frequency: Annual
Sequence: 7th edition
Venue: Inter Expo Center, Sofia

Save the Planet Conference presented case studies on waste management and provided a closer look at the market potential in South-East Europe. Speakers called for more transparency in legislation, for more public awareness, wider promotion of benefits of recycling and for encouragement of eco-design.

The Conference Highlights 2015

● Speakers from Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Romania, Switzerland and the Netherlands took part. Among them were experts from the European Demolition Association (EDA), European Network of Environmental Professionals (ENEP), VDMA Abfall- und Recyclingtechnik, Romanian Environmental Association (REA), Bulgarian Industrial Association, Dr. Brüning Engineering UG, Vlakglas Recycling Nederland, Ministry of Environment and Water of Bulgaria, Plastics Recyclers Europе, BDI - BioEnergy International AG, etc.

● Three sessions were held: Recycling of Construction & Demolition Waste (C&DW), Circular Economy and Plastic Waste Recycling.

Post Event Report 2015

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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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Optimisation of water-cannon cleaning for deposit removal on water walls inside waste incinerators

Deposits in municipal waste incinerators are very inhomogeneous in structure and constitution. They cause corrosion and reduce the efficiency, so they need to be removed frequently. Among other systems, operators use water cannons for the deposit removal...
25/11/15|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Greenhouse gas emissions from municipal solid waste management in Vientiane, Lao PDR

Municipal solid waste (MSW) is one of the major environmental problems throughout the world including in Lao PDR. In Vientiane, due to the lack of a collection service, open burning and illegal dumping are commonly practised. This study aims to estimate the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission from the current situation of MSW management (MSWM) in Vientiane and proposes an alternative solution to reduce the GHG emission and environmental impacts...
25/11/15|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Feasibility study for an innovative industrial red mud utilisation method

Red mud is a high volume industrial waste, and its management poses a unique challenge. For the utilisation of red mud, an economical, energy saving, environmental friendly and widely applicable method has been found. The proposed novel method is purely chemical, and achieves the recovery of all the oxides contained in red mud totally and transforms them into high value added products...
25/11/15|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Requirement analysis to promote small-sized E-waste collection from consumers

The collection and recycling of small-sized waste electrical and electronic equipment is an emerging problem, since these products contain certain amounts of critical metals and rare earths. Even if the amount is not large, having a few supply routes for such recycled resources could be a good strategy to be competitive in a world of finite resources...
25/11/15|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Elemental balance of SRF production process: solid recovered fuel produced from municipal solid waste

In the production of solid recovered fuel (SRF), certain waste components have excessive influence on the quality of product. The proportion of rubber, plastic (hard) and certain textiles was found to be critical as to the elemental quality of SRF...
25/11/15|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Effect of pyrolysis temperatures and times on the adsorption of cadmium onto orange peel derived biochar

The mechanism and capacity of adsorption of cadmium (Cd) on orange peel (OP)-derived biochar at various pyrolysis temperatures (400, 500, 600, 700 and 800°C) and heating times (2 and 6 h) were investigated. Biochar was characterized using proximate analysis, point of zero charge (PZC) analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction...
25/11/15|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

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Biowaste separate collection and composting in a Small Island Developing State: The case study of Sao Tome and Principe, West Africa

São Tomé and Principe archipelago in West Africa is a Small Island Developing State facing acute waste management problems. This article describes the implementation of selective collection of biowaste combined with composting in São Tomé, as a case-study of an innovative action in the framework of a Small Island Developing State...
16/11/15|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Quantifying solid waste and recycling employment in Florida, USA: Trends in public and private sectors

Measuring and tracking the numbers of jobs in solid waste management and recycling industries over time provide basic data to inform decision makers about the important role played by this sector in a state or region’s ‘green economy’...
16/11/15|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Production of biofuels and biomolecules in the framework of circular economy: A regional case study

Faced to the economic and energetic context of our society, it is widely recognised that an alternative to fossil fuels and oil-based products will be needed in the nearest future. In this way, development of urban biorefinery could bring many solutions to this problem...
16/11/15|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Municipal solid waste development phases: Evidence from EU27

Many countries in the European Union (EU) have very developed waste management systems. Some of its members have managed to reduce their landfilled waste to values close to zero during the last decade. Thus, European Union legislation is very stringent regarding waste management for their members and candidate countries, too...
16/11/15|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

From pay-per-bag to pay-per-kg: The case of Flanders revisited

Weight-based pricing systems for municipal solid waste collection and processing are increasingly popular in many European countries and regions. However, the impact on waste generation of such pricing schedules remains debated and depends strongly on the practical details of the system used...
16/11/15|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Fast methodology to design the optimal collection point locations and number of waste bins: A case study

This paper concerns the development of a methodology aimed at determining the optimal number of waste bins as well optimizing the location of collection points. The methodology was based on a geographic information system, which handled different sets of information, such as street directions, spatial location of objects and number of inhabitants, location of waste bins, and radius of their coverage...
16/11/15|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Expanding worldwide urban solid waste recycling: The Brazilian social technology in waste pickers inclusion

‘If an integrated urban waste management system includes the informal recycling sector (IRS), there is a good chance that more solid waste is recycled’ is common sense. However, informal integration brings additional social, environmental, and economic benefits, such as reduction of operational costs and environmental impacts of landfilling...
16/11/15|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Quantifying food waste in Hawaii's food supply chain

Food waste highlights a considerable loss of resources invested in the food supply chain. While it receives a lot of attention in the global context, the assessment of food waste is deficient at the sub-national level, owing primarily to an absence of quality data...
16/11/15|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Designing effective partnerships for waste-to-resource initiatives: Lessons learned from developing countries

Cities in developing countries across Asia-Pacific are struggling to effectively manage municipal solid waste (MSW). This is especially the case in secondary cities and small towns, which often face a lack of resources and know-how. Because the waste stream in these cities is usually high in organic content (50–80%) and recyclable materials (10–20%), waste-to-resource initiatives are viable options for sustainable MSW management...
16/11/15|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com


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