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 will present case studies on waste management and a closer look at the market potential in South-East Europe. Speakers from European organizations will provide attendees first-hand knowledge on important topics.

Nadine De Greef from the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD) will speak about the upcoming Circular Economy Package. The European Demolition Association (EDA) was invited  to organize a special session on the role of the construction sector in the Circular Economy.

A big challenge for Bulgaria is the bio waste recycling – 25% of biodegradable waste has to be recycled till 2016 and 50% of it till 2020. In the context of this purpose a topic ‘How to Turn Waste into Resource in the Food & Beverage, Agriculture and Wood Processing Sectors’ will attract the attention of delegates. The leading Bulgarian associations in the relevant sectors have confirmed their support.

Save the Planet Conference 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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