The closing ceremony

Within the LIFE: Separate collection project Slopak celebrated the end of two contests for primary schools. 11 winning classes with their mentors and parents took part at the closing event, together more than 100 winners.

Director of Slopak, Srečko Bukovec and project manager, Andreja Potočnik welcomed the guests in the auditorium. The first introduced Slopak and congratulated the winners and the other presented both contests in figures. More than 75.000 children with 8.200 drawings participated in the two contests with titles “Recycle plastic bottle – with drawing on a trip” and “Recycle metal tin – with drawing on a trip”. With this contest Slopak aims to bring separation of waste and its recycling near to the children. The biggest intention of the contest is to teach children how to properly separate waste both at school and at home and to explain that the life cycle of waste doesn’t end in the waste bin. At the same time the contest is great way to stimulate children’s imagination.
The regional winners of the first contest were primary schools Gorje, Puconci and Belokranjskega odreda Semič. The winners of the second contest were primary schools Kebelj, Neznanih talcev Dravograd, Bodonci, Franceta Bevka Tolmin, Log-Dragomer, Marjana Nemca Radeče and Gorje. National winners from primary schools Škocjan and Ljudski vrt Ptuj came to the stage at the end. Children were able to see the winning drawings (cookie cutters and recycled hanger) in 3D presentation.

Visit from Brussels

On Thursday, 30th of May the Commission from Brussels paid a visit Slopak. The Commission, represented of 3 members, has reviewed the progress of the project LIFE: Separate collection which Slopak implements with partner Delo from September 2011 to date. During this time numerous activities were realized: production of videos about separating the waste, school contests, media activity about separating waste in the mountains, rewarding the inhabitants for their use of collection centres, round table debates, etc.

The Commission took note of the technical and financial work. They have watched one of the videos about waste separation. The project Separate collection will be completed in August 2014.

More about the project on the websites and or like us on Facebook Ločujem odpadke.

Some problems still exist in separating waste

In April, the visitors of shopping centres around Slovenia could check out their knowledge about waste separation. At information points the visitors received additional information how to separate waste.

In cooperation with Mercator, Slopak handed out leaflets to visitors and rewarded them with cotton shopping bags. We’ve found out that people still have problems with the separation of waste. The basics of waste separation (paper, glass, packaging, bio waste) don’t cause major difficulties. Problems occur with bulky waste (clothing racks) and mixed waste (cotton pads, dog droppings, diapers).

In summer new information points will be organized in cooperation with Alpine Association of Slovenia and in autumn we will return again to the shopping centres in eastern Slovenia.

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Information about waste also in shopping center

In April, Slopak is preparing information points about separation of waste in cooperation with Mercator. Within the European project Separate collection, the visitors in shopping centres can check their skills in separating waste.
Kind demonstrators will explain which waste belongs to which container; present the recycling of waste and what can be made out of waste. Visitors will have the opportunity to test their skills in waste separation and receive a symbolic award.

Information points schedule:

8.-10.4. Postojna 
10.-12.4. Koper 
10.-12.4. Ljubljana Šiška 
10.-12.4. Kranj 
15.-17.4. Ljubljana Šmartinska
16.-18.4. Domžale 
17.-19.4. Nova Gorica 


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Winner of the second contest is recycled hanger

Slopak’s second contest for primary schools got new winners. With this competition Slopak wants to bring separation of waste and its recycling near to the children. This time class 8a of primary school OŠ Ljudski vrt Ptuj won with innovative idea of recycled hanger. The biggest achievement of this contest is that the children properly separate waste both at school and at home.

141 schools that participated in the contest, contributed over 4600 drawings. Beside the recycled hanger, winning ideas are also: broom (1.c OŠ NH Rajka, Hrastnik), cutting board (2. POŠ Kebelj, Oplotnica), lamp (3.b OŠ Neznanih talcev, Dravograd), reflectors (4. OŠ Puconci), lanterns (5.b OŠ Dr. Pavla Lunarčka, Šentrupert), birdhouse (6.e OŠ Franceta Bevka, Tolmin), strainer (7.b OŠ Log-Dragomer), T-shirt (8.a OŠ Marjana Nemca, Radeče) and whistle (9.a OŠ Gorje).

The winners will receive awards at the closing ceremony at the end of the school year.


Plastic bottle today, new product tomorrow

After the first contest which was about new products made from recycled metal, children will reflect about recycling circle of plastic and what can be made out of it. Contest »Recycle plastic bottle, with the drawing on a trip« (“Recikliraj plastenko, z risbico na končni izlet”) will last from 14th January till 8th March. The best classes will be rewarded.

Main goal of the contest for primary schools is to educate pupils about recycling, separate waste collection and to understand the recycling circle of plastics. After the contest, they will understand why it is important to collect waste separately and why we have all those containers.
After reflecting what to make out of metal, this time we challenge pupils to draw a new product out of recycled one.

More about the contest on the website:

Everyone collects biodegradable waste

During the project LIFE: Separate collection there was also activity where special check of biodegradable waste at inhabitants home was made. In Ljubljana, Litija and Murska Sobota we checked how people separate biodegradable waste on their home.

People filled out a survey, where we asked them about waste in their home – they all have special bin for biodegradable waste in the kitchen, people living in houses put biodegradable waste on compost. Half of them put biodegradable waste into drop-off container daily.

If there is any question about separate waste collection, here you can check what belongs in which container.

ADVICE: Do not put biodegradable waste into plastic bags. Use biodegradable plastic bag or paper.

Visiting collection centre can be rewarding

27th November 2012

One of the activities in the LIFE: Separate collection project is also rewarding visitors in collection centres. The idea behind is to promote separate collection of waste and to increase the use of collection centres. In cooperation with public waste management companies, Slopak visited 107 collection centres across Slovenia. 


At each site Slopak rewarded first five visitors who correctly separated waste. More than 500 rewards were distributed to the visitors who were very positive towards the activity. Coca Cola Slovenia also participated in rewarding.

The activity was carried out between September and November 2012. During the activity, project partner Delo published articles about collection centres so that inhabitants are well informed where to bring waste, that the use of collection centre is free of charge for most type of waste, that public waste management companies organize each year special collection activities to collect dangerous waste etc. Also local media was contacted and some of them published invitations to collection centre or made a report. In Ptuj we filmed a contribution to this topic which was presented on a TV.

One of the visitor’s reactions: “Those who leave waste in the nature should think about their actions.”

Advice: Separate waste already at home before taking it to collection centre.

The winners: Cookie cutters

26th November 2012, Ljubljana

We got the winners of the first contest in the LIFE: Separate collection project for primary schools. Pupils have to think what to make out of recycled metal. First price goes to primary school Frana Metelka Škocjan, class 2.c. The winning idea is cookie cutters.
We have received more than 3500 drawings from 103 primary schools. Beside cookie cutters the winning ideas are also robot, ring, clock, mailbox, coffee grinder, drums, watering can, candle stick.
Special award goes to primary school Dolenjske Toplice, Stranje and Pod Goro Slovenske Konjice. Those three schools sent the largest amount of drawings. At the end of the school year there will be a ceremony for winning primary schools. 




Collection centres in Triglav national park

There are no collection centres in the national park. They are located around it - in Jesenice, Bled, Gozd Martuljek, Bohinj and Tolmin. The last one was opened in June 2012 in Žirovnica.
Here is the map of collection centres in Gorenjska region. They (except three of them) are opened daily from Monday till Saturday.

Separate waste in mountains

In October we focused on waste in the mountains. We prepared several articles in cooperation with the Alpine association of Slovenia. We try to inform people about waste in the mountains, what are the problems, how long does it take to decompose, etc.

How mountain huts deal with the waste?  (article in Slovene)
Which waste is the most often in the mountains? (article in Slovene)
Waste remains in the nature for decades, centuries, … (article in Slovene)
Not hikers, daily visitors are the main problem! (article in Slovene)


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Renewed website

After a few years we renovated the website We added pictures, videos, section for teachers, which can help them in the contest in project LIFE: Separate collection, section questions and answers where the questions of the inhabitants are answered.

The website browsing is possible on different levels. The main goal is to present separate collection, types of waste, recycling circles and interesting facts about waste. We brought forum alive, beside that information for teachers are put together. Everyone can find something interesting there.

Enjoy the browsing!

Through drawings about separate waste collection

During the project LIFE: Separate collection we prepared the contest (first out of three) for children in primary schools. The main goal is to inform pupils about separate waste collection; in return they make drawings about new products, made from recycled metal. 

This is the first contest, which takes place in autumn 2012. The second will be about products made of recycled plastic, and third about recycled glass. Best regional classes, ranged by ages, will be rewarded with a symbolic item, best three classes will go to Eco park. Those ideas will be made in 3D presentation.

Schools will get posters and DVD about different waste. Children will adopt the new habit of separate collection of waste and introduce it in their family.

Slopak on a Conference for Eco-Schools coordinators

25th September 2012, Brdo pri Kranju

Slopak introduced its school contest from project LIFE: Separate collection on a Conference coordinators Eco-Schools. More than 180 schools participated.

We distributed DVD and posters to all primary schools that participated, also to some kindergartens and secondary school to motivate schools to take part. We presented them the reasons, why is important to separate waste and educate pupils about recycling circle. Children want an answer why they have to throw each waste in a different container to understand the whole process. This competition offers them the answer.

Biodegradable waste

In kitchen, at marketplace or in school canteen we can find remains of fruit and vegetable peels, egg shells, tea bags and paper towels. We have grass, leaves and (dry) branches around blocks and houses. All this is very useful waste and when properly stored, it can be converted into compost.
30 percent of all waste that surrounds us is biodegradable. Out of it we can prepare a fertilizer for our garden. We return back to nature natural fertilizer and avoid artificial one.

The average person produces 130 kg of biodegradable waste per year. Europeans are not particularly thrifty with food and its remains. Every day an amount of 16 Olympic swimming pools of biodegradable waste is produced. They end in containers or composters and even in collection centers.

At collection centres stand also composting plants, where the biodegradable waste is inverted every two weeks and after three months they obtain very quality compost.

More on biodegradable waste can be found HERE.

Dangerous waste

Used batteries, medicines, cleaners, aerosols, batteries, energy saving bulbs and waste oil, are treated as dangerous waste. At first sight they are not so dangerous, are they? Dealing with them is quite easy, if we follow simple instructions.

The first rule is, that dangerous waste should be stored in their original packaging. When it’s time to throw them away, we have to make sure that they end at the right place. This way we enable their recycling. Batteries can be returned there where we bought them. Professionals will take care of nickel, cadmium and lithium, which are hidden in them. Waste medicines should not be thrown away, but returned to the pharmacy. Waste oils can be taken to the collection center, where they’ll be used for production of bio-diesel.

Some simple tips and even dangerous waste will be recycled and returned to use.  Otherwise, this type of waste can cause a lot of inconveniences. For example one litre of motor oil pollutes as much water as you would consumed in 1600 years.

More on dangerous waste can be found HERE.

Waste electrical and electronic equipment

In an age of information technology, almost every home has a computer. Mobile phones have also become part of our everyday life. There are also radio, television and refrigerator, small household appliances and energy saving bulbs. Do you have all of these in your home?

Electrical and electronic equipment has limited shelf life. If some of the devices break down or are worn out, we get weary of others. In Slovenia we create as much electrical and electronic waste as weighs the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

It is important to be aware that the separation of this type of waste is very important, because obsolete equipment contains toxic substances, gases and chemicals, which are dangerous for the human body. They also damage the ozone. Therefore we should return electrical and electronic waste in the store where the products are sold or take them to designated collection points. We must take care that we give away intact equipment and that we don’t dismantle it by ourselves. Otherwise, the dangerous substances can be released into the environment.

More on electrical and electronic equipment you can find HERE.

Waste tyres

According to statistics every second citizen owns a car in Slovenia. Under the law each car needs two pairs of tyres (winter and summer) and a spare tyre. There is a large amount of material that after its expiration can be also used elsewhere.

Recycled tyres are found on the sports grounds, as a basis on athletic track and football stadiums. Out of them are made swings, conveyor belts in shopping centers, they are mixed with the asphalt or they serve as part of the basis for artificial grass and much more.

Maybe we are not aware of this type of waste as much because once it loses its useful feature we simply leave it where we bought it. In most cases we leave it at tyre workshop, but some take it to collection centers. It is a large amount of waste - annually 16,000 tons of tyres are recycled.

Recycling of tyres is environmentally and economically effective; therefore more than 60 different products are made out of it. Maybe on the way to school or work, you walked on the grains of recycled tyres. The recycling procedure of waste tyre is very simple; furthermore we save 30 liters of oil, as it is necessary for the production of new one.

More on waste tyres and their re-use you can find HERE.

Waste packaging

We use packaging every day, without paying special attention to it. We store many things in it. It’s practical, but its use is short-lived. If we send waste packaging to a large recycling circle, it will return back to the shelves in a recycled form.

We may not think about it, but packaging is an important source of raw materials. We get new plastic from plastic bottles and aluminum from aluminum cans. Waste is not only trash; it is also new material from which they made playground equipment in the park, sleeping bags, fleece sweaters, parts for cars and ballpoint pens. Therefore it is important that packaging waste ends at an appropriate place for it. Otherwise, it may cause pollution of drinking water and dangerous substances can come into our food. Degradation of plastic bottle takes 450 years, during that time it can cause a number of troubles in the environment.

And what is the recycling circle of plastic bottles? If you throw them in the right container, the public waste management company takes them to a collection center, where waste is initially sorted by hand and prepared for the production of new raw materials. Plastic bottles are then pressed and specialized companies produce out of them new materials for new plastic bottles- first they grind them, melt them and finally they melt them into new plastic bottles and the recycling circle is concluded.

Did you know that even the Slovenian national football team plays in sports uniforms, which consist of 13 recycled plastic bottles? Let us make an effort and save the environment!

More on waste packaging you can watch HERE.

Separate collection

Waste is a valuable source of useful raw materials. Many of them can be reused in the form of semi-finished products, melt them down into raw materials for new products or they are used for composting. Separation of waste is therefore important.
Average Slovenian generates 436 kg of waste per year. Have you ever thought what you can make out of them? Everyone who owns garden is aware how useful can be biodegradable waste.
This type of waste is one of the key elements of composting and serves as additional fertilizer in spring. It would be a pity to discard such waste, wouldn’t it?

Beside biodegradable waste at home we can separately collect also packaging, paper, glass, mixed municipal and hazardous waste.
Did you know that some types of paper can be recycled up to 7 times? This saves a lot of trees, water and energy in the manufacturing process of the new paper. Think about it next time you’ll be standing next to containers for separate waste collection. With waste separation we reduce the waste stream that would be put to landfills and we reduce the environmental impact.

Slovenes are good in separating waste. We collect separately 36% of waste. This is an encouraging number, if we take into consideration that two-thirds of the waste can be recovered and reused.

More on the importance of waste separation you can watch HERE.

Where to with separately collected waste?

3rd of August 2012, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Within the Life project Slopak has produced 6 short films about separate collection of waste. Films explain in a funny way the course of different waste. From waste bin at house, through waste collection centres, to waste sorting, recycling and usage of recycled materials. In the films took part also famous Slovenians.

Watch films about recycling (in Slovene):

20th anniversary of LIFE programme

18th of May 2012, Ljubljana

In honour of twenty years of the EU financial instrument LIFE, Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment hosted an event for Slovene applicants of projects. Project Separate collection also attended the event.

LIFE programme celebrates its 20th anniversary

The LIFE Regulation passed into law on 21 May 1992. To mark LIFE's 20th birthday, throughout whole Europe events will take place during May 2012.

Project Separate collection with new information board

First information board presents key activities, that will be carried out during the project. It will be presented for the first time to the public at 20th anniversary of the LIFE programme that will take place in the premises of Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment on Friday, 18th of May 2012.

Does anything hinder you in separating the waste?

Slopak carried out a survey on waste separation in cooperation with agency Ninamedia. The separate collection in Slovenia improves year by year, as evidenced by the amount of collected waste packaging that Slopak collected from the municipalities. The results of the survey also corroborate that - over 90 per cent of respondents estimate that they are well informed with the separate collection.

What about the separate collection of certain types of waste in practice?
82 per cent of the households separate biodegradable waste, paper and cardboard. 77 per cent separate packaging, for glass the results are slightly lower- 70,8 per cent. Only 3,2 per cent of the households say they don’t separate waste.

Which infrastructure is used to separate the waste?
Most respondents separate packaging, paper and glass individually (separate containers for individual housing) or they dispose them in public waste islands. Approximately one third of the respondents is also involved in public collections of the paper. The awareness is high regarding the proper disposal of waste batteries and waste tyres, since more than three quarters of respondents stated correct answers.  The respondents often use the collection centres (55 per cent).
Car tyres can be given away free of charge at tyre dealer when changing the tyres or at the collection centres. Waste batteries can be disposed in the stores where we can buy batteries or in collection centres.

Do we distinguish where the certain types of waste should go?
On average the respondents are well aware which waste goes in which container.  Almost all (98,2 per cent) are of correct opinion that vegetable and fruit waste belong in the biodegradable waste, around three quarters of correct responses were observed for waste oils (73,8 per cent),  composite packaging for liquids (73,8 per cent) and cardboard packaging (73 per cent). More than half of the respondents (51,8 per cent) correctly classified the animal faces, most incorrect answers were observed for broken plastic toys and paper towels and tissues.
Broken toys don’t belong to packaging because they are from different plastics as packaging- therefore they are considered as bulky waste. Paper towels and tissues belong to biodegradable waste. Faeces of domestic animals belong to mixed municipal waste (black container).

What does disturb or hinder us with the separation of waste?
Respondents were also asked what is it that disturbs or hinders them with the separation of waste. Over 65 per cent of them couldn’t name anything, only 2,3 per cent believe that nothing bothers them. Among the reasons for not to separate the waste are (each under 10 per cent):

  •  not enough containers (also: no container or separate collection is not yet settled): 6,6 per cent
  • distant containers: 6.4 per cent
  • lack of information: 5,2 per cent
  • containers are too full and rarely emptied: 2,7 per cent
  • other people don’t separate: 1,7 per cent

Few more reasons that have reached percentage below 1,7: containers for biodegradable waste smell nastily and don’t open conveniently with foot, time, certain types of waste could be disposed as mixed municipal waste or other waste, the packaging needs to be disposed clean, there are too many different containers which bothers me, because prior we have to wash the waste and the water is expensive especially some plastic bottles, separation  in plastic bags, it takes more work, it bothers me that I need to wash dirty packaging.
Packaging doesn’t need to be washed with water – it is important that the packaging is empty, free of food or liquids.


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Workshop with municipal companies in Zasavje region

16th of March 2012, Trbovlje

Slopak prepared a networking meeting for municipal companies from region Zasavje. Municipal company from Trbovlje kindly offered their facilities for this event. First results of the project were reviewed and further activities and possible collaborations were discussed.
Also the results of the survey about waste separation were presented for the first time in public.


Debate about waste separate collection on school

15th of March 2012, Ljubljana

As part of the project, Slopak organised round table debate on primary school Mirana Jarca Ljubljana. A presentation about separate collection was held for the teachers, followed by the debate about school’s role in stimulation of the separate collection.

Networking activities

Participants: Slopak, Zeos, Ministry for environment

First visit from project monitoring team

8th of December, Slopak, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Kick off meeting LIFE 10 projects

14th of November 2011, Bucharest, Romania



LIFE 10 projects presentation

19th of October 2011, Ministry for Environment, Ljubljana, Slovenia