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Ljubljana becomes the first EU capital to adopt Zero Waste Goal

On 8th September 2014, Ljubljana became the first capital in the EU to commit to achieving a Zero Waste goal. The Slovenian capital along with three other municipalities, Vrhnika, Borovnica and Log Dragomer joined the European network of Zero Waste communities.

Image courtesy of City of Ljubljana

Image courtesy of City of Ljubljana

Speaking at a press conference which took place in the Town Hall of the Slovenian capital on 8th September Mr Janković, the mayor of Ljubljana said “In August residents of Ljubljana separately collected over 60% of their waste. They adopted responsible waste management as their own project. I am therefore especially proud that today Ljubljana became the first European Zero Waste capital.”

Ljubljana has already achieved high standards in terms of waste separation and waste avoidance; today the city separately collects 60% of municipal waste and generates less than 150kg of residual waste – what is not recycled or composted per person per year.
Ljubljana aims to increase separate collection to
78 percent and reducing the amount of residual waste
to 60 kg per person per year by 2025.

Ljubljana was awarded the title of European Green Capital 2016 on 24th June 2014. The award was presented by EU Environment Commissioner, Janez Potočnik, at a ceremony in Copenhagen, which holds the 2014 European Green Capital title. Ljubljana received this prestigious award for raising environmental awareness amongst its citizens, for its sustainability strategy ‘Vision 2025’, its implementation of a range of urban green measures over the past decade and its impressive transportation network.