Up to 5000 Kuna Fine for Putting Rubbish in Wrong Bin!

Lauren Simmonds

By Thursday, every city and municipality across Croatia must decide how residents will organise the separating of their waste.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 27th of January, 2018, whoever doesn’t separate their waste even after a two-year preparatory period will face the threat of a fine of anything from 50 to 5000 kuna, and each city has its own separation methods, reports 24sata.

In some cities, waste has been being sorted and separated since a long time. As far as Zagreb is concerned, the decision should be accepted by the Assembly on Tuesday, two days before the deadline, and the Split Assembly will do so on the last day, on Wednesday, January the 31st. In Rijeka, people already have separate waste collection bins.

Due to the application of new provisions, we will all have to have the possibility of separating waste properly at home. In Zagreb, 376,000 containers will cost 64 million kuna, and they should be on the streets by the spring months. All bags will be chipped, and sensors will be mounted on trucks to read their volume.

How these new measures will be charged is also unclear because there are no chips in the containers, and citizens in most cities have not yet received a statement on the matter. In Zagreb, citizens will provide their statements on household members within a 90 day period.

In addition to the volume of the bag, the calculation will also count how many times the bag has been emptied. This will be a variable part of the price, and everyone will pay a fixed portion.

Costs will be decided upon by communal institutions, but according to the proposal for Split, it will also depend on the number of household members.

The City of Zagreb stated that the price list would be delivered together with a statement that residents would be required to sign, and in other cities, it has been stated that statements will be sent to residents. The beginning of the new measures should be when everyone receives the appropriate container.

While in the capital it has been stated that all the appropriate bins should be available within six months, in Krapina, Zadar, Požega, Dugo Selo and Šibenik, they state that billing by the new measures should start no later than the 1st of November this year, from Dubrovnik, Karlovac and Osijek it has been stated that new measures would not come into force until January the 1st, 2019.


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