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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Evaluation of the suitability and performance of cassava waste (peel) extracts in a microbial fuel cell for supplementary and sustainable energy production

In a number of energy-poor nations, peel from cassava processing represents one of the most abundant sources of lignocellulosic biomass. This peel is mostly discarded indiscriminately and eventually constitutes a problem to the environment. However, energy can be extracted from this peel in a microbial fuel cell...
25/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Material recycling of post-consumer polyolefin bulk plastics: Influences on waste sorting and treatment processes in consideration of product qualities achievable

Material recycling of post-consumer bulk plastics made up of polyolefins is well developed. In this article, it is examined which effects on waste sorting and treatment processes influence the qualities of polyolefin-recyclats. It is shown that the properties and their changes during the product life-cycle of a polyolefin are defined by its way of polymerisation, its nature as a thermoplast, additives, other compound and composite materials, but also by the mechanical treatments during the production, its use where contact to foreign materials is possible and the waste sorting and treatment processes...
21/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Spatial and temporal dynamics of agricultural residue resources in the last 30 years in China

The availability and distribution of biomass resources are important for the development of the bioenergy industry in a region. Biomass resources are abundant in China; however, the raw material is severely deficient, which makes the Chinese bioenergy industry an embarrassment and a contradiction...
21/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Application of stability indicators for the assessment of the degradation of residual household waste before landfilling

In France, domestic waste production is estimated at c. 350 kg year–1 per person and landfilling still represents a predominant way of municipal solid waste management, with 39% of waste dumped in 2007. Waste characterization campaigns were conducted at different stages of a mechanical–biological treatment process in order to evaluate its efficiency...
21/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Liberalization in the Danish waste sector: an institutional perspective

The push for creating a more competitive and liberalized system for traditional public services, including waste management, has been on the European agenda since the late 1980s. In 2008, changes were made in EU waste legislation allowing source-separated industrial/commercial waste that is suitable for incineration to be traded within the European market...
21/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Pyrolysis of poppy capsule pulp for bio-oil production

The feasibility of biofuel production via the pyrolysis of poppy capsule pulp, the main waste product of Afyon Alkoloid Factory, was investigated. The poppy capsule pulp was shown to have a high volatile matter content (ca. 76%). Pyrolysis experiments were carried out in the temperature range 400–550°C (heating rate 18°C min–1 and holding time 20 min) under a nitrogen atmosphere...
21/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Food waste prevention in Athens, Greece: The effect of family characteristics

Food waste is a stream that becomes increasingly important in terms of its prevention potential. There is a large number of behaviours that can be associated with food waste generation and the efforts towards food waste prevention. A questionnaire study was carried in order to study consumer behaviour related to food provision and wastage in Greece...
21/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Integrated environmental policy: A review of economic analysis

Holistic environmental policies, which emerged from a mere combination of technical activities in waste management some 40 years ago, constitute the most advanced level of environmental policies. These approaches to environmental policy, among them the policies in integrated waste management, attempt to guide economic agents to an environment-friendly behaviour...
21/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Contaminant retention characteristics of fly ash-bentonite mixes

It is important to determine the contaminant retention characteristics of materials when assessing their suitability for use as liners in landfill sites. Sand–bentonite mixtures are commonly used as liners in the construction of landfill sites for industrial and hazardous wastes...
15/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Characterisation of excavated fine fraction and waste composition from a Swedish landfill

The present research studies the characterisation and the physico-chemical properties of an excavated fine fraction (<10 mm) from a Swedish landfill, the Högbytorp. The results showed that the fine fraction represents 38% by mass of the total excavated wastes and it contains mainly soil-type materials and minerals...
15/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Occupational exposure to the municipal solid waste workers in Chandigarh, India

Manual handling of municipal solid waste is of serious concern owing to emerging occupational risks. Considering this, health risks of municipal solid waste workers involved in street sweeping, waste collection, waste processing and rag picking were assessed in Chandigarh, India, using an interview schedule as a study tool...
14/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Development of an analytical method for quantitative comparison of the e-waste management systems in Thailand, Laos, and China

This study employed a set of quantitative criteria to analyse the three parameters; namely policy, process, and practice; of the respective e-waste management systems adopted in Thailand, Laos, and China. Questionnaire surveys were conducted to determine the current status of the three parameters in relation to mobile phones...
14/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Planning for the closure of uncontrolled landfills in Turkey to reduce environmental impacts

Landfilling is the most preferred solid waste disposal method in Turkey owing to both economic and technical reasons. However, beside the sanitary landfills there are also hundreds of uncontrolled waste sites located throughout Turkey, which are often left either abandoned or burning...
14/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Exploring social and infrastructural factors affecting open burning of municipal solid waste (MSW) in Indian cities: A comparative case study of three neighborhoods of Delhi

Open municipal solid waste (MSW)-burning is a major source of particulate matter emissions in developing world cities. Despite a legal ban, MSW-burning is observed ubiquitously in Indian cities with little being known about the factors shaping it. This study seeks to uncover social and infrastructural factors that affect MSW-burning at the neighborhood level...
14/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Landfill mining: Developing a comprehensive assessment method

In Austria, the first basic technological and economic examinations of mass-waste landfills with the purpose to recover secondary raw materials have been carried out by the ‘LAMIS – Landfill Mining Österreich’ pilot project...
14/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Optimizing emissions targets for residential recycling programmes: Why 'more is not necessarily better with respect to diversion

This study highlights the economic and environmental challenges of recycling in Ontario, specifically examining the effect of attempting to increase the emissions target for the province’s household recycling programme. The findings from the cost model analysis found that Ontario’s Blue Box programme reduces overall carbon emissions by approximately 1...
14/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com


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