Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning, mag. Andrej Vizjak, addressed the participants of the Adria Innovation Day 2020. Coference is dedicated to the transfer of knowledge and good practices in the field of raw materials between companies, research institutions and universities. One of the important areas of implementation of the EU Green Deal strategy is the rational use of raw materials, including the extraction of raw materials from mining tailings and the recycling of residues. Minister Vizjak said in his address, that the world’s population and the demand for natural resources are growing, so economic activity must be developed in such a way that it does not harm, but rather reverse climate change and environmental degradation, reduce pollution and preserve and enrich natural capital, thus ensuring an abundance of renewable and non-renewable resources. He emphasized that the processing of waste into products is one of the most important ways of circular economy, which is why the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning prepared an amendment to the Decree on Waste. The amended regulation sets out the conditions for the cessation of waste status. There is also a procedure for setting criteria, including environmental criteria, for the processing of waste into products.