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Big VICTORY: Under public pressure, waste incinerator was kicked out of the Spatial Plan of Zagreb!

Big victory: Due to the pressure of public opinion, the waste incinerator was kicked out of the Zagreb space plan!

After more than 20 years of continuous promotion of the construction of a waste incinerator in Zagreb, the city council made a decision last week to counter public resistance and start this destructive project from the Zagreb space plan!

Croatian Zero Waste European member Zelena Akcija issued a statement after the news of a major victory in sustainable waste management in the capital Zagreb and announced that the plan to build an incinerator was abandoned. Read the original article on the Zelena Akcija website...

"We welcome this decision! Extensive attempts to build garbage incinerators are the main reason for many garbage problems that have affected the citizens of Zagreb over the years. After more than 27 years of our campaign against garbage incineration in Zagreb, the municipality finally fought back This is a very important step forward for Zagreb’s chaotic waste management system. Zagreb is the worst capital of Europe for separation, collection and recycling. This is a great challenge for Zelena akcija / Croatia It is also an important day for friends, because our long-term patience has been rewarded and finally proved that we were right from the beginning", said Marko Košak from Zelena akcija.

Excluding the waste incinerator from Zagreb’s spatial planning is a logical step, because it has no legal basis in the national waste management plan that did not foresee its construction, and because Zagreb must achieve high waste separation and The recycling goal has been achieved, and we have been warning for years. However, the incinerator is still included in the city master plan of Zagreb, and Zagreb does not have an effective waste management plan, so we will see if the city representatives will be consistent with yesterday’s decision to stop promoting the incinerator.

Incomplete and imperfect waste sorting systems, unfair payment methods, a large number of illegal landfills, and improper disposal of waste at the Jakuševac landfill are just some of the many problems that have arisen from the continued desire to build incinerators. We regret that the municipality has neglected the waste management system for many years. We invite them to convene an emergency meeting of the city council to discuss these issues with experts and NGOs and propose high-quality solutions as the basis for a high-quality waste management plan in Zagreb.

"In addition to space planning, waste incinerators need to be urgently removed from Zagreb's other space planning documents and the new waste management plan, which will establish a quality waste separation, recycling and composting tailored for citizens System, and has environmental protection functions. Protection must be established. All city representatives voted unanimously against the incinerator in the spatial plan, so we hope that this consensus can be reached in the next important decision of the Zagreb waste management system," Zelena akcija Concludes Marko Košak, project manager for waste management.

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