Before joining the EU in 2004, Slovenia did not have an appropriate waste sorting and collection system. Today, its capital, Ljubljana, has implemented a new system for collecting and sorting municipal waste, making it a pioneer in waste management. Indeed, Ljubljana is now the European capital with the highest share of separately collected waste. Its model is based on door-to-door collection and a gradual reduction in the frequency of collections.
Tags: Sorting, waste, collection
Project type Waste management
Municipality of Ljubljana and SNAGA
Municipality of Ljubljana
In less than ten years, the capital, Ljubljana, has managed to become a pioneer in waste management. As soon as Slovenia entered the European Union, the city went beyond the traditional approach to waste management and developed a solid collection and sorting system based on two main practices:
The current collection system includes eight collection centers, where residents and other users can bring waste that is not or cannot be collected door-to-door and sorted according to different categories: hazardous waste, metals, plastic, electronic or electrical appliance waste, garden waste, construction waste, tires, wood products, bulky waste, clothing and textiles.
In the face of the pressure from residents and media, Snaga insisted on reduced collection frequency and further strengthened communication about the reasons for the change. As a result of this campaign, local and national media changed their mind and joined Snaga in asking the citizens to better sort their waste. Quantities of separately collected fractions continued growing. In addition, Ljubljana has redesigned its system of financing waste collection, making recycling and sorting waste more financially attractive for residents. This strategy has gradually changed citizens’ attitude towards waste sorting, making Ljubljana one of the top European cities in terms of recycling rates.