European week of waste reduction

Among municipal waste is about 30% of packaging waste

The European Week for Waste Reduction is an initiative aiming to promote environmental awareness and to contribute to the reduction of waste. This year's European Week for Waste Reduction will be held from 19 to 27 November under the motto "Reduce packaging waste: Use less packaging!"

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Packaging waste is a major problem of consumer lifestyle

In 2015, Slovenia generated 275,259 tons of packaging waste, i.e. 30% of all municipal waste. In recent years, the amount of packaging waste has been increasing. In 2015 almost a third more packaging waste was generated than in 2013. This figure is not surprising, since our society is becoming more and more consumer-oriented. Packaging waste is not only an environmental problem but causes significant costs for both producers and end-users as well.
In 2015, each household spent on average EUR 7,100 (37% of its total expenditure) for the purchase of material goods that are carefully wrapped in packaging.

Packaging waste is generated in the production and consumption

In the production and services activities 164,309 tons or 60% of all packaging waste was generated in 2015, while households generated 110,950 tons (40% of all packaging waste) or on average around 133 kg per capita.

Packaging waste is collected as mixed packaging and separately, depending on the type of material. The share of mixed packaging in 2015 was 34% of all packaging waste, followed by paper and cardboard packaging (29%), glass packaging (16%), plastic packaging (9%), wooden packaging (7%) and other types of packaging waste (5%).
Most of the packaging waste generated in 2015 in production and service activities was collected as paper and cardboard packaging (42%), while most of the packaging waste generated in households was collected as mixed packaging irrespective of the type of material (61%).

Separately collected packaging waste is one of the most important waste streams suitable for recovery

In the context of public waste removal in 2015 121,771 tons of packaging waste was collected, 6% more than in 2013. In 2015 the most of the packaging waste was collected within public waste removal in the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region (68 kg per capita), followed by the Gorenjska (66 kg per capita) and Posavska statistical regions (60 kg per capita), while the least packaging waste was collected in the Zasavska statistical region. The displayed values do not include quantities of packaging waste that ends up between the other waste fractions and is not classified as packaging waste.

Some of the packaging waste is collected outside the public waste removal by special waste collectors or waste processors. In 2015, they collected 125,214 tons of packaging waste, 39% more than in 2013.

A small amount of packaging waste is still found among mixed municipal waste and is then sent to other disposal methods rather than to further processing.
Reuse and recycling of packaging waste are essential

In Slovenia 30% of packaging waste was recycled in 2015; 1.5% of packaging waste was exploited for energy. After 2010, packaging waste was no longer disposed of on landfill sites.
A large share of packaging waste is not processed in Slovenia, but only sorted, i.e. ready for final processing operations, and transported to foreign countries; this way we are losing valuable raw materials.

The above figures are reported in accordance with the Regulation on Waste (OJ RS, No. 37/15 and 69/15). They were obtained within regular annual statistical surveys, which monitor the quantity of waste generated (by type) and waste treatment.
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