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Making the most of waste management in Southeast Europe

Innovative recycling technology in tandem with strong economic growth in Southeast Europe has rejuvenated the recycling industry in that region. Advanced equipment and solutions will be at the heart of the annual Save the Planet conference and expo.

The Save the Planet event will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria on 16-18 April 2019. Organiser Via Expo says it will launch 3 new zones for the upcoming edition, these are named: ‘Start-ups’, ‘Financing’ and ‘Industrial zone’ with participants that will show real opportunities for investment and business in Bulgaria.

Over the last 9 years, Save the Planet has presented better approaches for collecting materials, treatment, recycling and recovery. The event brings together technology providers, distributors and clients. ‘It will help foreign companies to successfully enter the growing Southeast European market,’ Via Expo says.

Indeed, the Southeast European region has a ‘vast wealth’ of post-consumer, industrial and agriculture waste that can be converted into high-value resources. The business, industry, and municipalities need new equipment and know-how to achieve more resource efficiency and better performance.

Moreover, the EU recycling targets and Circular Economy Package have demanded that countries in the region must invest upgrading recycling facilities for electronic scrap, and plastics, as well as sludge, and construction and demolition waste.

Among the first that have joined the expo are: Geocycle Bulgaria, EcoSol (partner of Haco, Multicar, Tisan), Erema, Gebrüder Paschev (partner of SeSoTec and Vecoplan), Innova, Hitachi Zosen Inova, Lindner-Recyclingtech, M&M Fruit (partner of JSO Rlastic Spa. and Tešno Plastica Hellas A.E.), Prime Technology (partner of Metso and Nihot), etc.

‘Save the Planet has proven to be an ideal platform for innovative companies to promote their products,’ Via Expo points out. The 2018 edition of the event drew a crowd of more than 3500 visitors from 15 different countries worldwide, including Turkey, the UK, Macedonia, Germany and Switzerland.

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