Waste - National Responses (Croatia)

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Waste Waste
Published: 26 Nov 2010 Modified: 21 Mar 2015

Croatia has adopted all the necessary strategic/planning documents and also, by the end of 2008, all the by-laws that needed to be adopted pursuant to the Waste Act [3], so a total of two regulations and 19 ordinances are currently in force. This completed harmonisation with EU regulations in the field of waste management, except for the new Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC. As far as implementation is concerned, significant progress was made in the introduction of economic measures – a series of charges were introduced such as the fee for burdening the environment with waste which includes the fee for municipal waste and/or non-hazardous process (industrial) waste and the fee for hazardous waste.

Charges were also introduced for manufacture/import of products which, at the end of their useful life, fall into one of the ’difficult' special waste categories (packaging, oils, batteries, accumulators, EE equipment, vehicles, tyres). In addition, ordinances on special categories of waste introduce measures relating to ‘producer’s responsibility’, e.g. duties as to the design and manufacturing of a product, duty to inform the retailer and the consumer, in order to facilitate the collection, dismantling and recycling of products and packaging when they have turned into waste


Table 6. Co-funded capital waste-related projects

Investment projects in the area of waste management – state co-financing (Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund) in the period 2004-2009

Number of projects

Realized / EUR Mil

Remediation of municipal waste landfills



Remediation of illegal dump sites



Remediation of hazardous waste landfills



Source: Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund


Funds for construction of the Bakarac County Waste Management Centre, Šibensko-Kinska County of EUR 6 million were provided from the ISPA program. Funds for construction of county centres in the Primorsko-Goranska, Istarska and Splitsko-Dalmatinska counties for the period 2007-2009 from the IPA Program were planned in the amount of EUR 24.5 million. The Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund budget for 2009 plans to invest EUR 51.452 million into construction and organization of the county waste management centres during the period 2010-2011. Implementation of the country centres construction projects is planned to be finished by the end of 2018.

The City of Zagreb has planned a Waste-to-Energy incineration plant which should considerably contribute, along with the planned mechanical and biological waste treatment plants, to reduction in the biodegradable fraction in waste by 2018-2020.




[1] Waste Management Strategy (Official Gazette 130/05)

[2] Waste Management Plan for the Republic of Croatia 2007 - 2015 (Official Gazette 85/07)

[3] Waste Act (Official Gazette 178/04, 111/06, 60/08, 87/09)

[4] Ordinance on Packaging and Packaging Waste (Official Gazette 97/05, 115/05, 81/08, 31/09, 156/09)

[5] Ordinance on End-of-life Vehicles Management (Official Gazette 136/06, 31/09, 156/09

[6] Ordinance on the Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Appliances and Equipment (Official Gazette 74/07, 133/08, 31/09, 156/09)

[7] Ordinance on Waste Oil Management (Official Gazette 124/2006)

[8] Ordinance on of Waste Batteries and Accumulators Management (Official Gazette 133/06, 31/09, 156/09)

[9] Ordinance on Waste Tyre Management (Official Gazette 40/06 , 31/09 , 156/09 )

[10] Croatian Greenhouse Gas Inventory for the Period 1990 – 2007 (NIR 2009)

[11] LIFE -THIRD COUNTRIES 2005 Project – Development of Sustainable System of Construction Waste Management in the Republic of Croatia

[12] Croatian environment agency: www.azo.hr

[13] Ordinance on the Environmental Pollution Register (Official Gazette 35/08)




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