To contribute to the circular economy of the European Union, the Republic of Croatia needs to recover at least 55% of the mass of municipal waste by recycling and preparing for reuse by 2025.
The data on waste management in the counties show how far we are behind the set goals, from which it is clear that in Split-Dalmatia County in 2021, the rate of recovery of municipal waste collected as part of the public service amounted to only 4%, or 22% with additionally determined and estimated amounts of municipal waste. Regional differences are also visible, with the southern counties achieving significantly worse results than the northern and northwestern counties.
The Karepovac landfill in Split is at the edge of its capacity
The need for urgent implementation of a sustainable waste management system is also indicated by the Karepovac landfill in Split, which is at the edge of its capacity. Although rehabilitation is underway, additional piles of mixed municipal waste from other cities and municipalities have been dumped at Karepovac for years.
The issue of waste management, mentioned above, was analyzed by the thematic network JEDRO. To present the results of the research within the framework of the JEDRO project, a round table “Waste management in cities and municipalities in the Republic of Croatia – obstacles, challenges and opportunities” will be held on June 27, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the large hall of the Croatian Journalist Company (Perkovčeva 2, Zagreb).
What is the aim of the round table?
The round table aims to present the most critical elements of management that affect the quality of the service, especially in the segment of the amount of separately collected waste, as well as highlight the biggest problems that service providers face. We also want to show how the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development and the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency can most effectively influence the increased rates of separately collected waste. In addition to the above, we would like to point out how the management result is affected by the ownership structure of the service provider and the association of several neighboring LGUs based on research conducted within the JEDRO project.
In the introductory part, we will present expert work that analyzes and links waste management services’ quality with service providers’ different ownership structures, guidelines for improving the waste management system, and examples of good waste management practices in Croatia.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about waste management and participate in a meaningful discussion. We invite all those interested to apply for participation using the form available at this link by Wednesday, June 21. -> LINK