Environment and Nature Protection Minister Slaven Dobrovic said in Osijek on Wednesday that Croatia was obliged to improve its waste management system and that it had to become ecologically and economically sustainable.

Minster Dobrovic met with Osijek Mayor Ivan Vrkic and the two attended a presentation - "Waste Management in Osijek 2010-2015 - An Example of Good Practice," after which new bins for biodegradable waste were distributed to citizens in the suburb of Sjenjak. This is part of a larger European Union project aimed at reducing the quantity of biodegradable waste that is still disposed of at dumps. The ministry has prepared an action plan for household composting which should be completed soon, Minister Dobrovic said.

Dobrovic told reporters that waste management was an important segment of building a sustainable society.

He added that Croatia, however, was not meeting its obligations from the EU accession agreement regarding waste sorting, stressing that that must change.

Asked whether he planned to scrap the construction of a waste incinerator plant in Zagreb as speculated by some media, Dobrovic said that a task force had been formed together with Zagreb's city administration to inspect the matter, "considering that the arguments for the incinerator plant in no way justify such a project," and that he believed that "that is certainly not an option."

"In Zagreb we will work on projects for waste sorting, household composting, and recycling centres with waste sorters," he said.

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