In 2008 Slovenia generated 19,800 tonnes of sewage sludge from urban and combined waste water treatment plants, of which most was deposited in landfills of non-of hazardous waste, while the rest was incinerated, composted or exported. Since 15 July 2009 untreated sludge from urban waste water treatment plants may no longer be deposited in landfills.
The indicator shows .the annual quantity of sludge from wastewater treatment plants in Slovenia and ways of sludge treatment
Sludge from wastewater treatment plants is defined as waste material that is a by-product of wastewater purification in wastewater treatment plants or remains after emptying domestic wastewater cesspools.
The treatment of this kind of waste is governed by the Decree on waste management (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 34/2008), and the input of this waste in soil and agricultural surfaces is governed by the Decree on the limit input concentration values of dangerous substances and fertilisers in soil (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 84/05) and the Decree on the management of sewage sludge from the urban waste water treatment plants (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 62/08).
Special requirements regarding the emission of substances in wastewater discharged from urban wastewater treatment plants are defined in the Decree on the emission of substances in wastewater discharged from urban wastewater treatment plants.
Waste Water Treatment Plants Database, Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia, 2009
|production of sewage sludge||1000 t of dry matter||8.8||8.2||7||9.01||12.87||16.98||20.16||21.63||20.43||28.59|
|use in agriculture||1000 t of dry matter||0.3||0.5||1.1||0.46||0.13||0.07||0.03||0.02||0.01||0.01|
|composting||1000 t of dry matter||1||0.9||0.9||0||0||0.12||0||3.53||2.29||0.51|
|landfill of waste||1000 t of dry matter||7.5||6.8||5||7.13||9||9.55||9.31||9.2||8.11||5.72|
|other||1000 t of dry matter||np||np||np||1.42||3.74||7.24||5.59||3.64||3.15||5.5|
|incineration||1000 t of dry matter||np||np||np||np||np||np||5.23||5.26||6.87||16.85|
Biologically recover of sludge at appropriate plants, especially at regional waste management centres, and particularly those types of sludge that are less contaminated with heavy metals or not at all.
To ensure sufficient facilities for thermal treatment of waste, where up to 70,000 tonnes of sludge from wastewater plants drained to 30% of dry matter can be recovered.
Data for Slovenia:
Objectives summarized by: Operational Programme on waste deposition aiming at the reduction of deposited quantities of biodegradable waste for the period up to the end of 2008; Novelation of March 2008 states none of these or other concrete objectives.
Source database or source: Collection of documents: Urban and combined wastewater treatment plants, Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia, 2009
Data administrator: EARS
Data acquisition date for this indicator: 10 September 2009
Methodology and frequency of data collection for the indicator: Data on the quantity of superfluous sewage sludge from urban or combined waste water treatment plants are taken from reports on operational monitoring of urban or combined waste water treatment plants. The obligation to carry out the monitoring and submit reports is defined in Article 27 of the Decree on the emission of substances and heat in the discharge of wastewater into waters and public sewage system (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 47/05). The form of monitoring is defined in the Rules on initial measurements and operational monitoring of waste water and on conditions for their implementation (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, Nos. 35/96, 29/00, 106/01). Data are collected in both written and electronic form and than processed in the urban and combined wastewater treatment plant database at the Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia. Data may change also for previous years, in case that the liable entities are at some later date requested to review the submitted data or if they themselves establish some discrepancy in the data from previous years.
Data processing methodology: Figure OD8-1 shows the annual quantity of sludge from wastewater treatment plants and ways of sludge treatment (in 000 tonnes) in Slovenia.
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