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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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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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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...
27/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Multi-criteria GIS-based siting of transfer station for municipal solid waste: The case of Kumasi Metropolitan Area, Ghana

The increase in the quantity of municipal solid waste generated as a result of population growth in most urban areas has resulted in the difficulty of locating suitable land areas to be used as landfills. To curb this, waste transfer stations are used...
25/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

An Australian stocks and flows model for asbestos

All available data on asbestos consumption in Australia were collated in order to determine the most common asbestos-containing materials remaining in the built environment. The proportion of asbestos contained within each material and the types of products these materials are most commonly found in was also determined...
25/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

From collision to collaboration - Integrating informal recyclers and re-use operators in Europe: A review

The European Union hosts some of the world’s most developed waste management systems and an ambitious policy commitment to the circular economy. The existence of informal recycling and re-use activities in Europe has been vigorously denied until quite recently, and remains a very challenging subject for the European solid waste management sector, as well as for European government and private institutions...
22/07/16|05:11 -- wmr.sagepub.com

The market of electrical and electronic equipment waste in Portugal: Analysis of take-back consumers decisions

This paper aims to ascertain the efficacy and acceptability of five incentive schemes for the take-back of waste electrical and electronic equipment in Portugal, focusing in consumers’ perspectives. It assesses users’ perception of these items, evaluating the motivations and interests they have concerning the market of waste electrical and electronic equipment...
22/07/16|05:11 -- wmr.sagepub.com

The assessment of air emissions increase due to the collection of municipal solid waste with old collection vehicles: A case study of Ludbreg (Croatia)

The usage of old equipment (over 10-year-old diesel-fuelled waste collection vehicles, WCVs) for municipal solid waste (MSW) collection in Ludbreg for longer than a decade has had a negative environmental impact, which has been reduced by replacing an old diesel WCV with a new diesel WCV...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Comparison of scenarios for the integrated management of construction and demolition waste by life cycle assessment: A case study in Brazil

Brazil, as a result of economic development and strengthening of the construction industry in recent years, is generating an increasing amount of construction and demolition waste (CDW). Hence, environmental assessment of the management systems is vital...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

A spatial analysis of hierarchical waste transport structures under growing demand

The design of waste management systems rarely accounts for the spatio-temporal evolution of the demand. However, recent studies suggest that this evolution affects the planning of waste management activities like the choice and location of treatment facilities...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

The UK waste input-output table: Linking waste generation to the UK economy

In order to achieve a circular economy, there must be a greater understanding of the links between economic activity and waste generation. This study introduces the first version of the UK waste input–output table that could be used to quantify both direct and indirect waste arisings across the supply chain...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Corn forage biological pretreatment by Trametes versicolor in a tray bioreactor

Trametes versicolor is a white-rot fungus known to be efficient in lignin removal due to its complex extracellular lignocellulolytic enzymatic system. Therefore, it can be used in the treatment of lignocellulose waste from agro, food, and wood industries...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Effect of pyrolysis conditions on the characteristics of biochar produced from a tobacco stem

To investigate the potential use of tobacco stems as feedstock for biochar production, a variety of pyrolysis conditions were studied to determine their effects on the distribution of pyrolysis products, as well as the physicochemical properties, energy yield and porosity characteristics of the biochar...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Estimation of methane emission flux at landfill surface using laser methane detector: Influence of gauge pressure

The aim of this study was to investigate the possibility of measuring methane emission fluxes, using surface methane concentration and gauge pressure, by analyzing the influence of gauge pressure on the methane emission flux and the surface methane concentration, as well as the correlation between the methane emission flux and surface methane concentrations...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Calculating the costs of waste collection: A methodological proposal

Waste collection and transport can generate up to 70% of the total costs of the system. Separated collection of recyclables implies additional costs for which the sale of recycled waste often does not compensate, but there is increased pressure to reach the long-term recycling objectives set by law...
21/07/16|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...
21/07/16|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...
21/07/16|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...
21/07/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com


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