A Student from Ljubljana Helps Compatriots to Change their View on the Issue of Garbage Disposal
RCERO is a waste recycling factory in Slovenia, one of the world’s largest industry specific enterprises and the largest company of such kind in Europe. 98% of the incoming garbage finds here its “second life” in the form of compost or fuel. In addition, according to polls, the factory has already changed the view of the inhabitants of Slovenia on the issue of garbage disposal for two years of its operation.
“At first, people were reasoning like this, “Why do we need to sort this garbage? It’s not our job, they do not pay us for this. On the contrary, we do pay for utilities.” However, over time, the idea of benefits offered by sorting has taken root, and now it has become a habit for the majority of people. Now that you see someone is not sorting wastes, throwing it out mixed, it seems strange to you. Personally, I have been sorting garbage myself for 10 years,” says a student from Ljubljana, Edita.
“Launching of this enterprise has changed my life. I regularly work here as a tour guide,” says Edita, specifying that she conducts tours 4 times a month.
The waste recycling centre in the capital of Slovenia started its work in 2015. Today it is the largest and most up to time industry specific company in Europe. It processes the waste from 58 municipalities—170 thousand tons of garbage a year.
The enterprise that produces organic fertilizers and fuels from a seemingly hopeless waste is supported by the European Cohesion Programme. Compost, which is manufactured at the enterprise, is provided free of charge at the disposal of the authorities of Ljubljana for the care of city parks and green areas.
“There is a sense of cycle completeness. Yes, we produce garbage, but we know how to reuse it. Compost made of waste allows us to save on planting care,” emphasizes a representative of the company that maintains order in the Tivoli Park in the centre of Ljubljana, Tanja Kerner.
It should be noted that almost half of the country’s population, or 800 thousand people, receives direct or indirect benefits from the plant’s operation. The largest European processing ground is of interest to students, businessmen from other countries and regions, as well as public organizations.