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Recycling of municipal waste is increasing in Slovenia. In 2012, almost 40 per cent of municipal waste was recycled. Disposal of waste has declined over the years, 42 per cent of municipal waste was landfilled in 2012. Incineration remains minimal, at slightly above one per cent.


In the last decade (2012–2021), on average around 135,000 tons of hazardous waste was generated annually in Slovenia. This waste accounted for 1% to 3% of all generated waste in Slovenia. Since they contain substances harmful to the environment and health, they must be collected, recovered or disposed of separately from other waste.

In the last decade (2012–2021) each resident of Slovenia annually discards on average around 3.5 kg of hazardous municipal waste, of which the majority in waste electrical and electronic equipment (63%).


The export of waste from Slovenia decreased in 2020, for the first time after ten years of growth. We exported around 340 thousand tonnes of waste, mainly to Austria and Hungary. The import of waste also declined for the first time in 2020, we imported around 61 thousand tonnes of waste.


Domestic material consumption amounted to almost 28 million tonnes (13,1 million tonnes per capita) in 2020 and was 2,6% lower than in 2019. The amount of biomass utilized decreased by 1,5% compared to 2019, also  the amount of mineral resources exploitation by 1,5%. The amount of used fossil energy  increased by 1,5% compared to 2019. In 2020, the import to Slovenia was 3,3 million tonnes higher than the export from Slovenia.


In the 2002-2008 period, the quantity of generated waste increased by 55%. In 2008, 42% of waste was deposited, and 58% recovered. Our greatest concern is municipal waste management, as more than 70% of that waste is still deposited. Despite the increased quantity of recovered waste in recent years and the registered decline in deposited quantities, we still remain far behind more developed EU Member States.


In the upcoming years our primary objective is to implement and maintain an effective system of managing waste batteries and accumulators.


The amount of packaging waste has stabilized in recent years at about 100 kg per capita per year. In 2014, every resident of Slovenia produced 102 kg of packaging waste, which is a few kilos more than in the four preceeding years.

Recovery of packaging waste has been increasing and in 2014 stood at 88%. Recycling is also increasing and in 2014 it reached 70%. Slovenia has reached the EU target – to reuse at least 55% of all packaging materials by the end of 2012.


We recover only half of construction waste, while the need for natural mineral resources is growing.


The quantity of end-of-life tyres collected for recovery increased dramatically when producer liability was introduced. Arround 16,000 tonnes of end-of-life tyres is produced, which is about 8kg per capita. In 2015, 65% of end-of-life-tyres have been recovered through material recovery and 35% through energy recovery.