Bulgaria opens largest WEEE recycling factory in Eastern Europe

The factory in Novi Iskar (Sofia) was designed and developed by the German company Adelmann and has the capacity to process all Bulgarian electronic waste. Another waste processing factory for batteries is planned in Plovdiv.

Bulgaria opened end of June its first electronic and electrical waste (WEEE) recycling factory in Novi Iskar (Sofia). Bulgaria’s metal, paper and plastic collection and recycling company Nadin Jsc is the owner and operator of the new plant, and has invested €20 million in its construction. It has created 150 news jobs. The Sofia Municipality has a contract with Nadin Jsc for the processing of the respective appliances of the city residents.

The factory is the largest of its type in Eastern Europe and has enough capacity to process Bulgaria’s entire e-waste and take on waste from neighbouring countries as well. It can also process toys and medical equipment. The facility was designed and developed by German company Adelmann - it uses German technology allowing the complete recycling of used electric appliances in one building. The plant has two conveyor lines – for refrigerators and for TV sets and monitors. It can also recycle kitchen appliances, computers, printers, medical equipment, electric tools and toys.

Another similar factory is also under way in Plovdiv for battery recycling. The Bulgarian city will soon be the hub for all battery recycling for Bulgaria. As EU targets get more stringent on recycling requirements, countries across Europe have begun to improve existing recycling infrastructure and work to establish new facilities.



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