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Environment and Nature Protection Minister Slaven Dobrovic
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Presenting a draft waste management plan for the period 2016 - 2022 Environment and Nature Protection Minister Slaven Dobrovic said on Monday that Europe demands that by 2020, 50% of waste is recycled in Croatia and even more after that, however that won't be possible with the current plan.

"Waste management centres as they were perceived 10 years' ago are not the means to achieve that aim," Dobrovic said in the northern city of Cakovec.

Plans foresee that by 2030 the entire European Union recycles 65% of its communal waste.

"The objectives that the EU has set cannot be achieved by regional waste management centres but by changing the behaviour at our doorsteps and by decentralised recycling, sorting, pressuring centres and temporary storage centres and reusing waste as raw material on the market," Dobrovic said.

The system that is planned for the national level was developed long ago in Cakovec and we can all see that that can be done and how to do it, the minister said.

He added that regional waste management centres would remain, however, their capacities will be redefined.

There is no point in investing huge sums of money in centres that use technologies to remove waste but rather to aim for each city and municipality to recycle its waste, primarily plastic and paper as a means of protecting resources, he said. When we add bio-waste to that, which many citizens, particularly in rural areas have conditions to retain in their composts and reuse in their gardens then there is only a small amount that needs to be managed in regional centres, he said.

The key measures of the draft plan are household composts, centres for reuse of waste and to build more smaller recycling centres with sorters and composters.

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