S&B Participation in the 1st Conference of Solid Waste Management

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Silver & Baryte Ores Mining Co. S.A. sponsored and participated in the 1st Conference on “Solid Waste Management for Sustainable Development in the 21st Century”, organized by the Greek Company of Solid Waste Management (EEDSA) on February 28th and March 1st. Silver & Baryte Ores Mining Co. S.A. presented its experience and technical know-how on the construction and rehabilitation of landfill sites in Western European countries.

Specifically, Silver & Baryte Ores Mining Co. S.A. supplies through its subsidiary IKO Minerals GmbH, bentonite products and com prehensive technical support to achieve high quality sealing in European landfill projects. Dry bentonite is mixed with various materials like clay, sand, water and organic additives and is used in the basal and cap lining of landfills as a low permeability barrier. In addition, bentonite is necessary for the production of Geosynthetic Clay Liners (GCLs). The special physicochemical properties of bentonite ensure the containment of landfills and the long-term protection of the underground water from the pollutants.

Silver & Baryte Ores Mining Co. S.A. endorses the initiative of EEDSA and the Greek Ministry of Environment, Land Planning and Public Works to organize a conference that assembled numerous representatives from the private and public sectors, the academia and various non-governmental organizations active in the solid waste management practice. Silver & Baryte Ores Mining Co. S.A. aims at inciting all related bodies to follow the international best practice of waste management, in line with the highest specifications and requirements possible, and wishes to contribute towards the reliable construction and safe operation of landfill sites in Greece.

The environmental uses of bentonite are part of the wider range of its applications in civil engineering works (shield tunneling, diaphragm walls, horizontal drilling). Silver & Baryte Ores Mining Co. S.A. achieves annual sales of approximately 120,000 tons in the European civil engineering market.

Silver & Baryte Ores Mining Co. S.A. is the largest producer of bentonite in Europe, with an annual production of over 1 million tons and with reserves situated in Greece, Germany, Hungary and Georgia. The company serves its customers through a wide network of distributors and affiliates, with production facilities in several European countries. In addition, Silver & Baryte Ores Mining Co. S.A. exports bentonite directly from Greece to final customers in North and South America. Aside from civil engineering, the most important end-markets of bentonite for Silver & Baryte Ores Mining Co. S.A. are the foundry and iron ore pelletising industries.

Corporate Social Responsibility & Communication Athens, 5.3.2002