Cres Among Best on Adriatic in Waste Management

Lauren Simmonds

The beautiful island of Cres is ahead of the game when it comes to taking care of the local environment.

As Morski writes on the 29th of January, 2018, the Director of the Utility Services of Cres-Lošinj, Neven Kruljac, organised the presentation of a new waste management system that will soon be introduced to Cres-Lošinj islands.

”The system that will be applied to the area covered by our municipal society is specifically designed and can be found nowhere else in Croatia. It was necessary to take into account the specificities that are brought in by tourism and a large number of smaller settlements, some of which are also on different islands. The test period has passed successfully, during which, we’ve analysed the location of residents in several locations,” Kruljac said.

According to a report from Novi List, the stunning island of Cres is the first in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County to build a transfer station, then a recycling yard, and in the whole area, semi-portable waste collection tanks have been set up in which residents can now dispose of their waste without restriction. Once a new system is introduced, paper, glass and plastic containers will continue to be unlimited, while containers for disposal of mixed municipal waste will only be able to be opened with the use of a special card.

”Every household will receive a card and that will be used to keep track of how much mixed waste that household has disposed of. We’re introducing the principle of “payer deterrent” because those who disaggregate and produce more mixed waste will get bigger bills, and at the same time, this will encourage residents to separate as much household waste as possible in their own homes,” Kruljac explained.

It’s estimated that the average household is now producing one kilogram of domestic waste per person per day, and with good quality classification, the remnants of mixed waste (whose wage is paid) can be reduced to one quarter of that. Significant progress has been made in the separation of waste in the Cres area, and by 2017, the amount of mixed waste was reduced by almost half.

The presentation was attended by numerous city councilors and officials, and aside from the presentation itself, Kruljac also introduced them to the laws which regulate waste management, because by the time the new system is applied, the city’s decisions will need to have been made.


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