Waste Management & Recycling Exhibition

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

Save the Planet is the only specialized business event in Bulgaria dedicated to waste management, following the trend of replacing the ‘take, make, dispose' model with a ‘circular economy’ approach across Europe. The exhibition’s focus is the South-East European market, which must respond timely to the growing environmental damage.

EU members from SE Europe have to recycle 70% of their construction waste, 50% of the municipal waste and 35% of biodegradable waste till 2020. They are facing numerous challenges to improve their resource efficiency and to achieve the high European waste management targets.

The 2016 Edition at a Glance

  • The exhibition featured a strong international presence - 50% of the participants were from abroad. Leading companies from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland took part. Finding distributors and launching new products were among the main reasons for them to be part of the event.
  • Exhibitor Profile: Waste Effective Processing, Waste Collection Technologies; Transport Vehicles; Waste Treatment Equipment; Hazardous Waste Treatment; Composting; Waste-to-Energy; Recycling Systems and Technologies
  • Participants showcased technologies for treatment and recycling of plastic, construction, paper, styrofoam, metal and biodegradable waste, electrical and electronic scrap.
  • For 7th year in a row Austria was a supporting country due to its remarkable achievements. They were demonstrated at the traditional Austrian Pavilion, the realization of which was supported by ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Sofia.
  • Save the Planet and the parallel events attracted visitors from 26 countries.

Post Event Report 2016



Anelia Karanova: +359 32/512899, 32/393958, nelly@viaexpo.com



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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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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...
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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

Search for a new economic optimum in the management of household waste in Tiaret city (western Algeria)

In household waste matters, the objective is always to conceive an optimal integrated system of management, where the terms ‘optimal’ and ‘integrated’ refer generally to a combination between the waste and the techniques of treatment, valorization and elimination, which often aim at the lowest possible cost...
14/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

The influence of residents behaviour on waste electrical and electronic equipment collection effectiveness

Government agencies have implemented regulations to reduce the volume of waste electrical and electronic equipment to protect the environment and encourage recycling. The effectiveness of systems through which waste electrical and electronic equipment is collected and recycled depends on (a) the development and operation of new programmes to process this material and (b) on information dissemination programmes aimed at manufacturers, retail sellers, and the consuming public...
14/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Berm design to reduce risks of catastrophic slope failures at solid waste disposal sites

Existing waste disposal sites are being strained by exceeding their volumetric capacities because of exponentially increasing rates of municipal solid waste generation worldwide, especially in densely populated metropolises. Over the past 40 years, six well-documented and analyzed disposal sites experienced catastrophic failure...
14/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Decomposition analysis of the waste generation and management in 30 European countries

An often suggested method for waste prevention is substitution of currently-used materials with materials which are less bulky, contain less hazardous components or are easier to recycle. For policy makers it is important to have tools available that provide information on the impact of this substitution on the changes in total amounts of waste generated and managed...
14/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Novel method of vulnerability assessment of simple landfills area using the multimedia, multipathway and multireceptor risk assessment (3MRA) model, China

Vulnerability assessment of simple landfills was conducted using the multimedia, multipathway and multireceptor risk assessment (3MRA) model for the first time in China. The minimum safe threshold of six contaminants (benzene, arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)], divalent mercury [Hg(II)] and divalent nickel [Ni(II)]) in landfill and waste pile models were calculated by the 3MRA model...
14/10/16|01:46 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Pyrolysis characteristics and kinetics of acid tar waste from crude benzol refining: A thermogravimetry-mass spectrometry analysis

Pyrolysis is an attractive thermochemical conversion technology that may be utilised as a safe disposal option for acid tar waste. The kinetics of acid tar pyrolysis were investigated using thermogravimetry coupled with mass spectrometry under a nitrogen atmosphere at different heating rates of 10, 15 and 20 K min-1...
12/10/16|01:49 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Consideration of food wastage along the supply chain in lifecycle assessments: A mini-review based on the case of tomatoes

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