Food waste, Slovenia, 2020

In 2020, almost 2% more food waste generated than a year earlier

A resident of Slovenia discarded on average 68 kilograms of food in 2020, which is a kilogram more than in 2019. The amount of food waste generated by households and in food stores went up, and in food production and food services down. Most food waste was processed in biogas plants. 

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More food waste generated by households and in food stores 

The total amount of food waste in 2020 was 2% larger than in 2019. In 2020, 143,570 tons of food waste was generated. 
The impact of the pandemic showed particularly in the distribution of food waste by activities. Compared to 2019, in 2020 more food waste was generated by households (52% of total food waste or 7% more) and in food stores (11% of total food waste or 6% more), and less in food production (7% of total food waste or 10% less) and in food services (30% of total food waste or 4% less). 
At the same time, SURS estimates that the share of the edible part of food waste increased by 1 percentage point from 39% in 2019 to 40% in 2020. The increase was detected in distribution and food stores (from 65% to 68%), probably as a result of food being discarded due to expired use-by dates. In households and food services, the ratio between the edible and inedible parts did not change (edible part: 33% in households and 48% in food services). 

The amount food waste processed in composting plants up by almost 17%

In 2020, most food waste (almost 47%) was anaerobically decomposed in biogas plants. This is followed by aerobic decomposition of food waste in composting plants with 31%. Almost 20% of food waste was biologically stabilised before being disposed in plants for the mechanical and biological treatment of municipal waste (MBT). The rest of food waste (2%) was processed with other methods, such as incineration, oil refining and other biological recovery processes. 
Compared to 2019, in 2020 the amount of composted food waste increased by almost 17%, while the amount of food waste processed in biogas plants decreased by 5%. The amount of food waste biologically stabilised before disposal went down by just over 1%, while the amount of food waste processed with other methods did not change much. 

Table with the latest data is available in the SiStat Database.
Food waste by source, Slovenia, 2020
Food waste by source, Slovenia, 2020
Source: SURS
Food waste by type of treatment, Slovenia
Food waste by type of treatment, Slovenia
Other methods include incineration, oil refining and other biological recovery processes.
Source: SURS
Food waste, Slovenia
20192020 2020
2019
index
TOTAL (in kg per capita)6768101
TOTAL (in tons)140,804143,570102
… generated in food production (including primary)12,11810,85090
… generated in distribution and food stores14,44715,290106
… generated in food services44,38842,66696
… generated in households69,85074,764107
Source: SURS
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