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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