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Slovenia

Geographical size 
20 273 km2

Population
2 061 085 (2014)

GDP (Billion euro)
35,274 billion euro (2013)

Manufacturers and importers of packaging and of packaged goods, brand holders, wholesalers and retailers. Manufacturers of packaging are responsible for service packaging. Packer/fillers are exempt if they place less than 15 tons of packaging on the market in a given year.

All products made of any materials of any nature to be used for the containment, protection, handling, delivery and presentation of goods, from raw materials to processed goods, from the producer to the user or the consumer. This includes sales/primary, grouped/secondary, and transport/tertiary packaging (cfr. definition in Directive 94/62/EC).

All material (glass, plastic, paper and cardboard, metal, wood, composite and other materials…)

Overall recovery target (by weight): 60%
Overall recycling target (by weight): 55% with specific recycling target for paper/cardboard (60%), plastic (22,5%), metal (50%), wood (15%) & glass (60%).

Mandatory for HH packaging waste.
Not mandatory for non-household packaging waste

Not mandatory
Slopak is licensed to use the Green Dot symbol.

  • Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning

    Litostrojska c. 54 SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Phone: +3861 478 7400
    E-mail: gp.mko@gov.si - Website: www.arhiv.mop.gov.si

Part Legislation and specific items

Obligations
Parties responsible are obliged to reach the recycling and recovery targets.  For HH packaging waste they are obliged to become member of an accredited organization.
Individual compliance is permitted for non-household packaging waste, but obligated operators must obtain a certificate of registration from the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning.
Parties responsible can meet all these requirements by contracting with an approved packaging recovery organization.

Brand holders are responsible even if the branded products were placed on the market by another company, unless
that company also has producer responsibility obligations under the regulations.
Distributors (suppliers to end-users, including retailers) must take back grouped and transport packaging free of charge if the customer wishes, as well as sales packaging that also serves the purpose of grouped or transport packaging. Take-back requirements also apply to non-municipal packaging waste, if no special collection arrangements are specified.
Municipal waste includes sales or group packaging that is produced in households as separated waste as well as similar waste from the retail trade, industry, commerce, the service sector and public sector. Non municipal waste is waste produced during production, trading or service activities as well as in agriculture, forestry, the fishing and transport industries.

Packer/fillers are exempt of all these obligation if they place less than 15 tons  of packaging on the market in a given year.

Compliance organizations
The Slopak recovery organization covers both household packaging and commercial and industrial packaging.
A subsidiary of the German waste management company Interseroh operates a compliance organization in competition with Slopak. Before 2007 it was authorized to handle only commercial and industrial packaging waste, but it now operates in the household sector also.
Another competitor is Surovina, a waste management company.

Where more than one recovery organization is operating, the municipalities must ensure that each organization gets its appropriate share of packaging waste. The Ministry publishes the shares on its website.

Recovery organizations must ensure the regular removal of municipal and non-municipal packaging waste from collection points and from distributors, and its subsequent reuse, recycling or recovery.

Packaging taxes and levies
An environmental tax on the generation of packaging waste is charged on packaging (empty or filled) placed on the Slovenian market for the first time, and on disposable plates, cups and foodservice packaging. The tax applies only to non-refillable packaging. The tax is paid in two parts, an annual flat rat charge per producer, intended to cover the cost of keeping records, and a material-specific charge per kg of packaging which is intended to reflect the environmental impact of 1 kg of packaging after use.

  • To fulfill  the taking back obligation for packaging waste
  • To reach recycling and recovery targets
  • To collect, sort and recycle of all types of packaging waste
  • To register obligated persons and collect the licence fees from their members
  • To finance the cost of collection, sorting and recycling of packaging waste
  • To stimulate the selective collection and recycling of packaging waste through communication campaigns
  • To report its results regarding recovery and recycling to the authorities

Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation no. 84 of 27 July 2006, as amended by Regulation no. 106
of 5 October 2006 and Regulation no. 110 of 22 November 2007
Regulation no. 32 of 16 March 2006 on an Environmental Tax on the generation of packaging waste, as amended by Regulation no. 65 of 14 June 2006 and Regulation no. 78 of 17 July 2008
Wesbite Slopak: www.slopak.si
Website Interseroh : www.interseroh.si
Website Gorenje Surovina: www.surovina.si 
EUROPEN  - European and National Legislation on Packaging and the Environment (March 2012).
PRO EUROPE – Uniformity in Diversity – Producer Responsibility in Action – October 2010.

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