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Zelena akcija Demands from Zagreb Administration New Waste Management Plan that Excludes Incinerator

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Zelena Akcija (Friends of the Earth Croatia) and the UZOR Association from Zagreb’s borough of Resnik demanded, in the protest action held last Tuesday, July 15, 2014, that the proposed waste management plan for the City of Zagreb, which they find harmful in several areas, should be suspended and reviewed to eliminate the proposed waste incinerator.

Zelena Akcija and UZOR activists protest in front of Zagreb City Hall (Photo Zelena Akcija)

“We demand changes of the harmful Draft-Plan for Waste Management that proposes the construction of an incinerator that brings about environmental, economic and health risks and hazards. The Plan needs to propose a series of measures that observe the hierarchy of waste management and eliminate any possibility for waste incineration to be included”, said the activists at the protest held in front of Zagreb City Hall.

Activists note that the proposed Plan is not based on valid economic and environmental analyses of feasibility of other systems, such as “door to door” collection of separated waste, advanced recycling system and alternative system for collection of sludge from the water processing facility, which if applied, they believe, could reduce total amount of waste to be disposed of by up to 99 percent. Zelena Akcija adds that the proposed incinerator, with an annual capacity of 400,000 tons of waste, would produce close to 100,000 tons of slag and about 10,000 tons of toxic waste that needs to be exported at exorbitant charges.
According to Zelena Akcija, the proposed measures to increase recycling rates are not sufficient to achieve the prescribed 50% rate by year 2020, which indicates a need to reform the waste separation system along the “door to door” lines, which would increase the amounts of separated waste, introduce a control system and allow the citizens to form their monthly waste disposal bills.

“We demand a feasibility study to be conducted for a waste management system based on the waste management hierarchy. In accordance with the analysis, the Waste Management Plan needs to be reviewed to establish a sustainable waste management system that fully eliminates any form of incineration of waste and creates system for separation and recycling which will lead to savings of limited resources”, says Zelena Akcija in a public statement.

Zelena Akcija adds that the proposed system is based on outdated and harmful provisions in the 2005 National Strategy and Waste Management Plan, which are fully in collision with the new national legislation that is in line with EU’s goals in the area of waste management and landfills. (Source: Zelena akcija (Friends of the Earth Croatia)

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