Ludbreg: Center of the World and Eco Smart City

Daniela Rogulj

The town of Ludbreg, known as the center of the world, has introduced a “smart” waste management system.

Ludbreg has become an “Eco Smart” city through a 1.8 million kuna EU project in cooperation with the Hungarian city of Zalaegerszeg, reports on March 17, 2017. 

The town has introduced a smart waste management system with underground waste containers which have a capacity of 1100 liters, and solar-powered trash bins. The loading of the containers will be monitored using a mobile application which will save time and money. The project aims to reduce transport costs and manage human resources more efficiently.

“Ludbreg is currently separating 30 percent of waste, and our goal is to achieve 50 percent. We’re doing everything to isolate the biowaste from black bins and get to 50 percent. This Eco Smart city project solves problems in apartment buildings. For the underground containers throughout various locations, we will organize waste disposal by factions and make the city center neater and cleaner. In parallel, we are working for households to have brown bins for biowaste and small 10 liter bins with filters,” said Mayor Dubravko Bilić. The advantage to the underground containers is that they will not spread a foul smell, and the plan is to also introduce a computer program and mobile application where citizens will be able to report illegal dumps and propose solutions that efficiently manage waste.

The City Council in 2012 decided to launch the project “Ludbreg – Energy Smart City”, and step by step, Ludbreg really is becoming a smart city. A year ago, the town also introduced a smart solar tree for charging mobile phones, laptops and electric bikes located in the city center which was made by the Ludbreg company Ducati komponenti and INOXMONT.

“As one of the few cities in Croatia, we will create a smart city strategy that is friendly to its citizens. In addition, we will go forward with the project for e-receipts, as well as the project for the center of competence for smart management of energy systems, which we hope we can get partners for by the end of the year,” concluded Bilić. 

Citizens like the idea of living in a smart city and the hope is that it will also create new jobs.


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