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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- Swiss Chamber of Commerce

German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Bulgarian Industrial Association

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Assessment of collection schemes for packaging and other recyclable waste in European Union-28 Member States and capital cities

The Waste Framework Directive obliged European Union Member States to set up separate collection systems to promote high quality recycling for at least paper, metal, plastic and glass by 2015. As implementation of the requirement varies across European Union Member States, the European Commission contracted BiPRO GmbH/Copenhagen Resource Institute to assess the separate collection schemes in the 28 European Union Member States, focusing on capital cities and on metal, plastic, glass (with packaging as the main source), paper/cardboard and bio-waste...
30/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Financial implications of compliance with EU waste management goals: Feasibility and consequences in a transition country

This paper outlines the approach that can assist decision makers to have first preliminary insights regarding costs of complying with requested European Union municipal waste management goals in transition and developing countries. Serbia, as a joining member of European Union, must confront itself with the challenges resulting from European Union waste management directives...
30/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Sustainability assessment and comparison of waste management systems: The Cities of Sofia and Nis case studies

Sustainability assessment of a waste management system is a very complex problem for numerous reasons. Firstly, it is a problem of environmental assessment, economic viability and social acceptability, and also a choice of the most practical waste treatment technique, taking into account all the specific areas in which a waste management system is implemented...
30/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Utilization of ferrochrome wastes such as ferrochrome ash and ferrochrome slag in concrete manufacturing

Solid waste management is one of the subjects essentially addressing the current interest today. Due to the scarcity of land filling area, utilization of wastes in the construction sector has become an attractive proposition for disposal. Ferrochrome ash (FA) is a dust obtained as a waste material from the gas cleaning plant of Ferro alloy industries...
30/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Quantitative option analysis for implementation and management of landfills

The selection of the most feasible strategy for implementation of landfills is a challenging step. Potential implementation options of landfills cover a wide range, from conventional construction contracts to the concessions. Montenegro, seeking to improve the efficiency of the public services while maintaining affordability, was considering privatisation as a way to reduce public spending on service provision...
29/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Waste management under a life cycle approach as a tool for a circular economy in the canned anchovy industry

The anchovy canning industry has high importance in the Cantabria Region (North Spain) from economic, social and touristic points of view. The Cantabrian canned anchovy is world-renowned owing to its handmade and traditional manufacture. The canning process generates huge amounts of several food wastes, whose suitable management can contribute to benefits for both the environment and the economy, closing the loop of the product life cycle...
29/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Treatment of a mud pit by bioremediation

The mud generated from oil and natural gas drilling, presents a considerable ecological problem. There are still insufficient remedies for the removal and minimization of these very stable emulsions. Existing technologies that are in use, more or less successfully, treat about 20% of generated waste drilling mud, while the rest is temporarily deposited in so-called mud pits...
29/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Results of fibre and toner flotation depending on oleic acid dosage

The literature was reviewed with respect to deinking flotation methods with toner samples, specifically emphasizing the speciation of copy machine and laser printing, which produce an increasing quantity of paper that is difficult to recycle. Speciation here refers to the physical-chemical characteristics of the toner, which change because of the polymerization (fusion) and oxidation process, due to exposure to heat, light and oxygen (air) during the printing process...
29/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Using multi-criteria decision making for selection of the optimal strategy for municipal solid waste management

Multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) is a relatively new tool for decision makers who deal with numerous and often contradictory factors during their decision making process. This paper presents a procedure to choose the optimal municipal solid waste (MSW) management system for the area of the city of Kragujevac (Republic of Serbia) based on the MCDM method...
29/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Did we choose the best one? A new site selection approach based on exposure and uptake potential for waste incineration

Ecological problems arising after the construction and operation of a waste incineration plant generally originate from incorrect decisions made during the selection of the location of the plant. The main objective of this study is to investigate how the selection method for the location of a new municipal waste incineration plant can be improved by using a dispersion modelling approach supported by geographical information systems and multi-criteria decision analysis...
29/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Towards more sustainable management of European food waste: Methodological approach and numerical application

Trying to respond to the latest policy needs, the work presented in this article aims at developing a life-cycle based framework methodology to quantitatively evaluate the environmental and economic sustainability of European food waste management options...
25/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Non-deposit system option for waste management on small islands

This paper analyses waste management on small islands (on a global scale these are micro-islands). In the context of the paper, small islands are islands that have an area less than 50 km2. The study presents an overview of the problems connected with waste transport from islands to the mainland...
25/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Resource recovery from waste by Roma in the Balkans: A case study from Zavidovici (BiH)

Roma communities represent the main involved actors in the informal activities in the Balkan regions, especially because the state does not formally recognize them as formal inhabitants. The Roma community in Zavidovici, despite being resident since the beginning of the 20th century, is still considered a marginalized and vulnerable group...
16/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Evaluation of key driver categories influencing sustainable waste management development with the analytic hierarchy process (AHP): Serbia example

The problems of waste management have become increasingly complex in recent decades. The increasing amount of generated waste, adopted legislation in the field of waste management, administrative issues, economic impacts and social awareness are important drivers in achieving a sustainable waste management system...
11/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

A steady state model of agricultural waste pyrolysis: A mini review

Agricultural waste is one of the main renewable energy resources available, especially in an agricultural country such as Serbia. Pyrolysis has already been considered as an attractive alternative for disposal of agricultural waste, since the technique can convert this special biomass resource into granular charcoal, non-condensable gases and pyrolysis oils, which could furnish profitable energy and chemical products owing to their high calorific value...
09/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Solid waste containing persistent organic pollutants in Serbia: From precautionary measures to the final treatment (case study)

Sustainable solid waste management needs more dedicated attention in respect of environmental and human health protection. Solid waste containing persistent organic pollutants is of special concern, since persistent organic pollutants are persistent, toxic and of high risk to human health and the environment...
09/06/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com


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