Save the Planet 2015: Proof for progress of waste management in SE-Europe

Save the Planet 2015 (Foto: Via Expo Ltd.)

Plovdiv, Bulgaria — „Save the Planet“ once again validated its position as leading business and knowledge platform for the waste management industry in South-East Europe. “The three-day event was a real proof for the progress in technology and experience in the sector”, balanced Maya Kristeva, CEO of the organizer Via Expo, and added: „It is time to start profiting from waste instead of burying it in landfills.“

Bulgaria and the countries from the Region are facing numerous challenges to achieve the high European waste management targets. Till 2020 they have to recycle 70 per cent of their construction waste and 50 per cent of the municipal waste. SE European countries are streamlining the legislation and introducing new facilities in cities, landfill sites and industry enterprises.

A substantial progress in waste management

„I welcome the pursuit of the 6th edition of Save the Planet with the participation of international experts, providing the potential for introduction of new models and innovative solutions in the field of construction and demolition waste management and recycling of plastics, as well as the basic steps towards the development of a circular economy. Over the last five years, Bulgaria marked a substantial progress in the waste management and recycling sector“, Ivelina Vassileva, Bulgarian Minister of Environment and Water, underlined.

The „Save the Planet“ conference programm presented working models, EU waste framework and new trends. Three sessions were held: The first on Recycling of Construction & Demolition Waste (C&DW), moderated by Jose Blanco, Secretary General of the European Demolition Association. The second on Circular Economy, moderated by Naemi Denz, Managing Director, VDMA Waste Treatment and Recycling Technology. And the third on Plastic Waste Recycling, moderated by Ton Emans, President of the Plastics Recycling Europe.

More than 4.100 visitors

The exhibition featured a strong international presence – 71 per cent of the participants were from abroad. Exhibitors from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Switzerland showcased their latest solutions. The exhibition attracted more than 4.100 visitors from 37 countries

This year eight companies participated within the Austrian Pavilion, the realization of which was actively supported by Advantage Austria Sofia. “Most of our exhibitors are satisfied. The companies which intend to develop their business in Bulgaria hope that the country will make steps forward in the new period of EU funding and invest more in fields like environment technology, waste management, smart cities, etc. No doubt, such an event is necessary and also has an influence on the market”, stated Ivo Duerr, International Messe Agentur. A new highlight during 2015 was the Italian Participation.

Managers and experts from 37 countries visited Save the Planet and the parallel exhibitions: Energy Efficiency & Renewables, Smart Cities and Save the Life (disaster management).

Source: Via Expo Ltd.