Croatia will change some of its waste management projects in order to adjust to the concept of circular economy, but it will not be possible to change projects at an advanced stage of completion, Environment Minister Slaven Dobrovic said in Brussels on Friday.
"The circular economy mostly concerns waste management and Croatia will make certain changes in implementing its waste management plan. We are working on a new plan that will much better respond to challenges and tasks relating to the circular economy," Dobrovic told the press while attending a meeting of the Environment Council.
In December 2015 the European Commission presented a new circular economy package which regards waste as a usable resource and not as a problem. The package envisages setting a common EU target for recycling 65 percent of municipal waste and 75 percent of packaging waste by 2030 and a binding target to reduce landfill to a maximum of 10 percent of all waste by 2030.
In view of that, Croatia needs to review and improve the existing concept of waste management centres. It plans to build 13 such centres.
When asked if it was possible now to change the Mariscina waste management project in the Rijeka region, Dobrovic said that that was not possible. "It is impossible to change the Mariscina project now because it is almost complete. Changes can be made there in terms of improvements, such as fostering the waste sorting system and so on," he said.
Dobrovic said that the transition to a circular economy, that is the maximum usability of waste, did not require expensive technologies but a change to the approach that would involve all stakeholders, including beneficiaries of municipal services and local, regional and central government.
He said that changes would be made only to projects that were not at an advanced stage of completion and that did not require major investment.