Sustainable waste management advocacy

Waste is one of the key problems of today’s society. We can say that the level of social consciousness actually depicts in the way it deals with waste. The problem of waste actually directly reflects the consumer mentality that prevails in today’s society and at the same time is detrimental to the environment and therefore to the society alone.

Therefore, much of the Sunce’s activities are focused on achieving responsible and sustainable waste management.

Key stakeholders and the general public should raise awareness of the importance of changing the behavior of every individual, organization and society in order to avoid and reduce waste generation and its separate collection and recycling.

Did you know that today’s widespread waste collecting system is based on the carton boxes that originated at the initiative of the Association Sunce in 2001 and that the boxes were designed by prof. Tomislav Lerotić, one of the founders of the Sun?

We are guided by the principle that today’s society should not generate waste in the environment faster than nature can decompose. The exploitation of valuable raw materials and their separate collection is not only a question of respecting the legislation of Croatia and the European Union but the issue of achieving sustainable development and preservation of the planet Earth.

Our activities are aimed at encouraging and enabling the application of the principles of sustainable waste management in practice, advocating for improving environmental policy in the field of waste and education and information.

Short info about waste:
  • Austria, Belgium and Germany recycle more than 80% of glass waste!
  • The share of bio-waste in communal waste from households is about 30%. Instead of landing it in landfills, contributing to pollution and climate change it can be composted. Composting creates humus – useful garden fertilizer.
  • In the world, there are cities like San Francisco that recycle more than 80% of their municipal waste.
  • According to the EU directives, Member countries must ensure by 2020 the reuse and recycling of household waste to a minimum of 50% of the total mass of waste collected.
  • Currently, there are 350-400 tons of waste disposed at Karepovac per day
  • Every citizen of Croatia annually produces about 300 kg of waste on average.