Sofia composting plant becomes a member of Austrian Quality Assurance Organisation for compost – “ARGE Compost & Biogas Austria”.

The Sofia composting plant becomes a member of the Austrian Quality Assurance Organisation for compost “ARGE Compost & Biogas Austria”. With this the composting plant Han Bogrov implements the external quality assurance scheme for compost run by “ARGE & 100-NGO”. After positive certification the composting plant will be awarded with the Quality Label for compost which also applies for the operational quality management system. ARGE Compost & Biogas Austria was the first national quality assurance organization which was certified by the European Compost Network – ECN QAS. Preceding first certification, the composting plant must successfully pass the recognition year in compliance with BG Ordinance on treatment of biowaste and the Quality Assurance Scheme of “ARGE & 100-NGO”. This includes on-site quality inspection and quality testing of at least 4 compost samples (one in each season). After successful assessment by the Quality Committee of both, test reports on the quality criteria as required by the BG Ordinance and internal QM procedures regarding process management and documentation, quality label and certificate is officially approved. The compost produced in composting plant Han Bongrov has been already successfully sampled and analysed 3 times by an accredited Austrian laboratory. The last quality check during theread more

The biological treatment facilities of the City of Sofia produce now 5 different quality products from source separated biowaste

  Sofia’s biological treatment plant (Municipal enterprise waste treatment), including the composting plant for green waste and the biogas plant for commercial food waste and former foodstuff produces now 5 different products from source separated biowaste –complying with BG Ordinance on biowaste treatment. The composting plant Han Bogrov produces 3 types of products: high quality compost (10 mm), mulch compost (10-40 mm) and compost from dewatered digestate. The biogas plant produces 2 types of products: liquid as well as dewatered fermentation product. The quality inspection of all 5 products has been done by “100 NGO” in cooperation with an accredited laboratory in Austria. All samples complied with the quality requirements laid down in the Ordinance on biowaste treatment and could be placed on the market in Bulgaria as a product. Produced products are suitable for use in agriculture, landscape reclamation and remediation. For more info:

Study Tour on Effective Food-Waste Recycling

 Study Tour on Effective Food-Waste Recycling Italian Compost and Biogas Association (CIC), 22-24 September, Milan (IT) The study tour is intended to give MSW management experts and managers an overview of current best-practices and approaches in foodwaste separate collection and recycling. The tour will start on the 1st day by visiting the solutions applied in Milan, currently Europe’s largest Cities with a full implementation of separate collection for foodwaste from households. A second specific visit will be done, so to understand the differences in managing foodwaste in apartment blocks and in semidetached housing structures. Furthermore 2 biological treatment plants will be visited, both with low-tech and high-tech solutions for composting and anaerobic digestion, accepting foodwaste collected with compostable bioplastic liners and bags. The Workshop with CIC on the 2nd day will focus on efficient operational solutions, effective instruments and tools supplied to households in high-rise areas to enhance collection of foodwaste. The standard technologies to recover biowaste into compost and biogas will be discussed, including the details about how to management compostable bioplastic bags. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit EXPO2015 on the 24 September, the Universal Exhibition that Milan hosts until October; EXPO2015 is a global showcaseread more

RAMIRAN 2015 – 16th International Conference Rural-Urban Symbiosis

Announcement of the RAMIRAN 2015 - 16th International Conference Rural-Urban Symbiosis 8 – 10 September 2015 Hamburg University of Technology Hamburg, Germany Agriculture produces bioresources for food and increasingly also for material and energy provision. The majority of agro-products are used in urban areas where they are connected with waste and wastewater generation. On the one hand, these residues are actually disposed or inefficiently treated, on the other they have value for agricultural production. RAMIRAN 2015 is focusing on closing the loop linking rural production and urban consumption systems and on the development of more sustainable solutions for the handling of residues. TOPICS: Fertilizers from residues Soils for the future Advances in emission prevention The bioresource challenge Agro-products for the biobased economy Smart concepts for rural development Towards zero waste settlements Rural-urban sustainability cases studies world wide For more information, please visit We are looking forward to welcoming you in Hamburg! Sincerely, Congress Chair Ina Körner Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany RAMIRAN 2015 conference office Gerlinde Löbkens TuTech Innovation GmbH Harburger Schlossstrasse 6-12 21079 Hamburg, Germany Tel.: +49 40 76629-6551, Fax: +49 40 76629-6559 EMail:

Bulgarian Quality Assurance Scheme

The Bulgarian certification of composting plants based on the QAS by “ARGE & 100-NGO” has just been established. It includes the following elements: Carry out initial and routine on-site inspections on composting plants. Issuing of the Inspection Protocol in compliance with ARGE Quality Manual and the Bulgarian legislation. Compost sampling and quality analyses in compliance with the Bulgarian Ordinance on Biowaste Treatment and based on an agreement with an accredited laboratory. Approval of the quality certification of the respective composting plant by the Quality Committee of the QAS. Supporting to set up QM and the documentation system implemented by the respective composting plant (Quality manual). Certification of the composting plant after the successfully completed recognition year with the ARGE - QAS Label and „100-NGO“ - Quality conformity label for compliance with the Bulgarian Ordinance on biowaste treatment. (more…)

Education on Biowaste Management in Bulgaria, in 2016

1st Announcement of  "Zero Waste & Organic Cycle" - Sofia 2016 Seminar – Training – Exhibition This is the first announcement of the - after 2013 (proceedings see - second large conference around the implementation of municipal and biowaste management for Bulgaria entitled:  " Integrating separate collection and recycling of biowaste into the current waste management system" - Status, challenges and solutions  TOPICS: Legal requirements and obligations Planning ‘door to door ‘ collection and implementation of‘pay as you throw’ principle Minimum requirements for composting plants, process management & quality assurance Practical examples for successful projects towards ‘Zero Waste’ Presentation of equipment and technology Safe the date and use a request by means of the contact form to keep you updated for the detailed programme.