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 2015



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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Copper and cobalt recovery from pyrite ashes of a sulphuric acid plant

The pyrite ashes formed as waste material during the calcination of concentrated pyrite ore used for producing sulphuric acid not only has a high iron content but also contains economically valuable metals. These wastes, which are currently landfilled or dumped into the sea, cause serious land and environmental pollution problems owing to the release of acids and toxic substances...
26/05/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

The application of prepared porous carbon materials: Effect of different components on the heavy metal adsorption

In this study, five typical municipal solid waste (MSW) components (tyres, cardboard, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), acrylic textile, toilet paper) were used as raw materials to prepare four kinds of MSW-based carbon materials (paperboard-based carbon materials (AC1); the tyres and paperboard-based carbon materials (AC2); the tyres, paperboard and PVC-based carbon materials (AC3); the tyres, paperboard, toilet paper, PVC and acrylic textile-based carbon materials (AC4)) by the KOH activation method...
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

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

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

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

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

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

An innovative approach to predict technology evolution for the desoldering of printed circuit boards: A perspective from China and America

The printed circuit boards basis of electronic equipment have seen a rapid growth in recent years and played a significant role in modern life. Nowadays, the fact that electronic devices upgrade quickly necessitates a proper management of waste printed circuit boards...
26/05/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Improvements to enforcement of multilateral environmental agreements to control international shipments of chemicals and wastes

Illegal trade in hazardous waste and harmful chemicals has caused severe damage on human health and the environment, and brought big challenges to countries to meet their commitments to related multilateral environmental agreements. Synergy-building, like organising law enforcement operations, is critical to address illegal trade in waste and chemicals, and further improve the effectiveness of environmental enforcement...
26/05/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Leaching of valuable elements from thermal power plant bottom ash using a thermo-hydrometallurgical process

The solid industrial wastes generated from thermal power plants (TPPs) can be considered as renewable secondary sources for recovery of valuable metals. This study presents the results from investigations that integrated a thermo–hydro–metallurgical method for treatment of bottom ash obtained from the Enel Maritsa East 3 TPP in Bulgaria...
26/05/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Effects of thermal treatments on the characterisation and utilisation of red mud with sawdust additive

Extremely large amounts of red mud (bauxite residue) are generated globally every year from alumina refining industries, which are being disposed of on engineered landfills. The objective of this study is to investigate the effects of thermal treatments on red mud for development of utilisation strategies...
26/05/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Electricity production from municipal solid waste using microbial fuel cells

The organic content of municipal solid waste has long been an attractive source of renewable energy, mainly as a solid fuel in waste-to-energy plants. This study focuses on the potential to use microbial fuel cells to convert municipal solid waste organics into energy using various operational conditions...
26/05/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Update of Renewables Map to include the year 2014

Remarkable increase in the share of renewables for Czech Republic, Romania and Slovenia
24/05/16|03:06 -- enercee.net

Czech Republic to raise energy efficiency ...

... and to increase the share of renewables in final energy consumption
24/05/16|02:34 -- enercee.net


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