Environment and Nature Protection Minister Slaven Dobrovic and Deputy Prime Minister Bozo Petrov on Thursday inspected the clean-up of the Meka landfill in the northern Croatian town of Ludbreg worth almost HRK 36 million.
The landfill covers 34,000 square metres and HRK 31 million for the clean-up comes from the European Union Cohesion Fund, while the remainder is being co-financed by Croatia's Environment Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund.
After inspecting the site accompanied by Ludbreg Mayor Dubravko Bilic and Varazdin County Prefect Predrag Stromar, Minister Dobrovic said that the clean-up was aimed at minimising damage caused in the past.
"There is an estimated 90,000 tonnes of waste here. That is certainly 50,000-60,000 tonnes of useful material that could have been sold on the market, yet at the same time we imported paper and plastic," Minister Dobrovic said.
Petrov underscored that it was necessary to protect what made Croatia special, "why people come here, and that is a green and clean environment."
Mayor Bilic added that in "2014 the town sorted about 9% of its waste and now it is sorting 30%. We annually produce about 140 kg of waste per capita, which is below the Croatian average," he added.
Minister Dobrovic said that this was a solid figure and the ministry considers that it is realistic for Croatia to meet the quota of 50% of recycled waste by 2020.