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Waste is undeniably a very pressing environmental problem. In the production of products, be it a plastic bottle, a can or a car natural resources are used. At the moment when this product becomes waste and is thrown away, certain natural resources are simultaneously discarded. This, however, contributes to an environmental “pressure” on our planet. A major part of waste also includes dangerous substances which may represent a hazard to the environment and to human health.


Especially when a product becomes waste, the legislation from the field of waste management starts to apply to it. In Slovenia, the fundamental European policies are being followed which as a priority schedule the legislation and prevention of the generation of waste and management of waste and uses the following hierarchy of waste management:

waste prevention,
waste preparation for reuse,
other processing (for example energy processing),
disposal (for example, incineration and landfills).

Systemic and development tasks in the field of waste management refer to:

systemic solutions in the field of waste management,
preparation of legislation and operational programme from the field of waste management and systemic monitoring of its implementation,
co-operation in processes of formation of European legislation and preparation and representation of standpoints of Slovenia at international level.
The main goals of the waste management policy are therefore:

reduction of detrimental effects of the generation of waste and waste management for human health and the environment, and
reduction of the use of resources and promotion of practical use of adequate waste management.
This is why it is important to separate waste at the source (where they are generated) and in this manner contribute to its preparation for reuse, recycling or other type of processing.


In the field of waste management, in addition to the environment aspect, the economic and social aspects are also important. In compliance with the goal of the European Union it should became a “recycling society” which tries to avoid the generation of waste and uses waste as a resource. This is why certain measures are needed for the provision of the separation of waste at source and the collection and recycling of certain waste streams. In compliance with this goal and due to simplification of processing or for the improvement of possibilities for processing, waste should be collected separately prior to its disposal into processing if this is feasible from a technical and environmental point of view and no major costs are incurred.


Did you know that...?

  • Some paper products which are not suitable for recycling (such as for example paper tissues, napkins and cardboard for egg packaging) may be added to the compost. Their fibre will air the compost and help microorganisms which encourage decomposition.
  • Buy recycled products! But who will buy all the products made of the material which is thrown into the recycling bins? Complete the cycle of nature!
  • Do have your tyres adequately filled. This will reduce their wear and extend their life with which you will save money. In this manner some precious raw material will be saved:  for the production of one tyre 27 litres of crude oil is used. Insufficiently filled tyres also increase the use of fuel by up to 10%. Do check your tyres at least once a month. It only takes a couple of minutes.