October 21, 2013, 10:04 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- The countries in South-East Europe no matter they are EU members or not, they are all aiming in becoming a part of the vision of the European recycling society. The governments across the Region are updating their national legislations and regulations, as well as are modernizing the old infrastructure which includes the creation of regional waste disposal systems, construction and exploitation of large scale waste and wastewater treatment plants, etc.
Most of the countries, EU members, incl. Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Croatia, have to meet specific EU objectives. The countries must recycle 50% of its waste by 2020 and reduce the disposal of biodegradable waste to 25% of total volume. Commendable is the fact that the rehabilitation of old landfills has been started. The demand for separating - baling- and recycling machines has been increased and many international companies have entered the Regional market. The increasingly popular process of composting green waste and/or food waste has implemented the interest in composting machines as well, especially in the compost turners.
Keeping pace with the market trends and demand ‘Save the Planet' Exhibition encourages the waste and recycling technology transfer to South-East Europe. It will provide participants with a quick market entry and opportunity to meet face-to-face state and municipal representatives e.g. government officials, mayors, ecologists; branch associations; investors and entrepreneurs; executives from the sectors: waste management, recycling, ecology and related industry branches. The conference program highlights will be: Policy Development and Implementation; Best International Practices of Efficient Waste Infrastructure; Resource Effciency; Innovative Recycling Methods & Technologies; Waste Treatment; Composting; Biogas Production; etc.
Julio García Burgués, Head of Waste Management Unit - C2, DG Environment EC, ranked the 2013 edition of ‘Save the Planet' as a very timely event in view of the challenges we are facing in the waste management sector.
The 2013 Edition at a Glance
- Austrian Pavilion – the Austrian environmental know-how was showcased for the 4th year in a row at an enlarged exhibition area
- Hungarian National Participation, organized by the Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency
- Italian Pavilion
- Group participation of companies from Italy and Slovenia within the project ICON
- 60 % of the exhibitors were foreign companies:
- Among the exhibitors were: Akademi Cevre Dan Hizm, AUWA Umwelttechnik & Recycling, Balbok Engineering, Binowa, Dekonta, Crest Group, Ecosol Bulgaria, Ecotechnopole-Wallonie (Etp-W), Elkoplast, ESE, EREMA Engineering Recycling Maschinene und Anlagen, Europlast Kunststoffbehälterindustrie, Herbold Meckesheim, IFE Aufbereitungstechnik, One Seven of Germany, Polytechnik Luft- Und Feuerungstechnik, Sartori Ambiente, Recycling Bulgaria, SuperDrecksKëscht®, Vivani, Weiss, Vecoplan Austria, etc.
- Vast Promotion in over 23 countries
- Keynote speakers from the European Commission - DG Environment; European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD); Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management - ACR+; International Solid Waste Association; Association for Waste Treatment and Recycling Technology within VDMA; European Network of Environmental Professionals (ENEP); Ministry of the Environment in Vienna, etc.
- Sessions: Waste Administration, Waste-to-energy, Composting, Waste Minimization Strategies, etc.
- The Profile of attendees: State Administration and Municipality Representatives; Industry Professionals in the Sectors of Waste Management, Recycling, Landfill, Environment, Construction, Finance, etc.
- Italian Workshop devoted on the Italian waste know-how & practices
5-7 March 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria
Organizer: Via Expo