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European Week for Waste Reduction

Change your ways, reduce your waste

In Slovenia, 62 kg of municipal waste per capita more was generated in 2018 than in 2014; 18% more of municipal waste was generated in households and 11% more in production and service activities. The recycling rate of municipal waste increased by 22 percentage points in 2017 compared to 2014.

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For the 11th consecutive year, the European Week for Waste Reduction has been encouraging us to take sustainable measures to prevent and reduce waste generation. This year it is urging us to change our habits and reduce waste generation in general. Let's see how successful or unsuccessful we were in reducing municipal waste and waste treatment between 2014 and 2018.


More and more municipal waste is generated in the EU as well as in Slovenia

According to Eurostat, the amount of municipal waste generated in the EU-28 has increased in the last few years: from 478 kg per capita in 2014 to 486 kg per capita in 2017. This trend also applies to Slovenia. Nevertheless, we have made some progress regarding our waste treatment.

In the last five years, from 2014 to 2018 …

  • the amount of municipal waste generated per capita in Slovenia has increased: from 433 kg per capita in 2014 to 495 kg per capita in 2018;
  • the share of municipal waste generated in Slovenia in total waste generated in Slovenia has been decreasing: in 2014 it was 19% and in 2018 it was 12%;
  • the share of separately collected municipal waste in total municipal waste generated in Slovenia has been gradually increasing: 65% of municipal waste generated in Slovenia was collected separately in 2014 and 71% in 2018;
  • the amount of food waste per capita in Slovenia has also increased; 61 kg of food waste per capita was generated in 2014 and 68 kg per capita in 2018.

The amounts of municipal waste from households and also from production and service activities are increasing
The amount of municipal waste generated by households has increased in recent years; in 2018, 18% more municipal waste was generated than in 2014. This is not surprising, as our society is still largely consumption oriented: buy - use - discard. In 2015, households spent an average of EUR 17,334 on consumer goods, and in 2018 EUR 19,560. 

In recent years the amount of municipal waste has also gradually been increasing in production and service activities; in 2018 it was 11% higher than in 2014. In 2014, the largest share of municipal waste generated in the mentioned activities was mixed municipal waste (19%), and in 2018 paper and cardboard waste (19%).


Municipal waste generation and treatment by statistical regions of Slovenia
In the last five years, from 2014 to 2018 …

  • the amount of municipal waste generated per capita increased in all Slovenian statistical regions; it increased the most in the Gorenjska statistical region (by almost 24%) and the least in the Zasavska and Posavska statistical regions (by 3% each);
  • the amount of separately collected municipal waste per capita increased in all Slovenian statistical regions; it increased the most in the Koroška statistical region (43%) and the least in the Zasavska and Posavska statistical regions (by 13% each);
  • the amount of municipal waste landfilled per capita increased only in the Koroška statistical region (by 15%), while it decreased in all other Slovenian statistical regions.


 
More municipal waste is separately collected and less of it is landfilled than five years ago
The focus of the European Week for Waste Reduction is on waste prevention in general. Waste that is already generated should be prepared for re-use, recycled or otherwise recovered; as little waste as possible should be landfilled.

In Slovenia in the last few years, from 2014 …

  • the share of separately collected municipal waste per capita has been gradually increasing: in 2014 280 kg of municipal waste per capita and in 2018 351 kg per capita was separately collected;
  • the amount of municipal waste landfilled on municipal waste landfill sites per capita has been decreasing: in 2014 101 kg of municipal waste per capita and in 2018 28 kg per capita was landfilled on municipal waste landfill sites;
  • the recycling rate of municipal waste has been increasing: from 36% in 2014 to 58% in 2017.

With the level of the recycling rate of municipal waste, Slovenia ranked second in the EU-28 in 2017; only Germany (with almost 68%) was ahead of Slovenia.

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