Waste

The main goal of the Ministry in this area is to protect the environment and human health through responsible management of waste.

Waste management in the Republic of Croatia is prescribed by the Act on Sustainable Waste Management. This Act lays down measures for the prevention or reduction of adverse impacts of waste on human health and the environment by reducing amounts of waste generated and/or produced, and regulates the management of waste which includes no operations posing a risk to human health and the environment and involves the use of valuable properties of waste.
 

DIRECTORATE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND SUSTAINABLE WASTE MANAGEMENT
Assistant Minister: Anamarija Matak
Phone: +385 1 3717-125
Fax: +385 1 3717-135
E-mail: anamarija.matak@mzoe.hr
Ivan Hus, secretary
E-mail: ivan.hus@mzoe.hr    


Sector for sustainable waste management, plans, programmes and information system
Phone: 01/3717-125
Fax: 01/3717-135
E-mail: okolis.otpad@mzoe.hr

 

 

Waste separation

Separate collection is the collection of waste in a way that a waste stream is kept separate by type and nature so as to facilitate treatment and preserve the valuable properties of waste.

By 1 January 2015 Republic of Croatia must take measures via its competent authorities to ensure separate collection of the following types of waste: waste paper, waste metals, waste plastics and glass, electric and electronic waste, waste batteries and accumulators, end-of-life vehicles, end-of-life tyres, waste oils, textile and footwear waste and medical waste.

The local self-government unit is obliged to fulfill separate collection of difficult wastes, waste paper,
waste metals, waste glass, waste plastics, waste textiles and bulky municipal waste by ensuring:

  1. the operation of at least one recycling yard or a mobile unit in its area 
  2. the installation of an adequate number and type of containers on public surfaces for the
    separate collection of difficult wastes, waste paper, metal, glass, plastic and textile, which are
    not covered by the special waste management system,
  3. that households are notified of the location and changes in the location of recycling yards,
    mobile units or containers for separate collection of difficult wastes, waste paper, metal, glass,
    plastic and textile, and
  4. the transportation of bulky municipal waste on user request.

Users of the public service for the collection of mixed municipal waste and biodegradable municipal waste must submit difficult waste separately from mixed municipal waste and biodegradable municipal waste. Users bear the costs of municipal waste management in proportion to the quantity of waste submitted to the service provider.

All separately collected waste can be submitted to the recycling yard.

Regulations and international treaties

Regulations

  • Regulation on the criteria, procedure and manner of determining compensation to real estate owners and local self-government units
    (OG No. 59/06, 109/12)
  • Waste Management Plan of the Republic of Croatia for 2007-2015
    (OG  No. 85/07,126/10, 31/11, 46/15)
    Provisional Translation
  • Ordinance on management of wastewater treatment sludge when used in agriculture
    (OG No. 38/08)  
    Provisional Translation

  • Ordinance on managing waste from research and mining of mineral raw materials
    (OG No. 128/08)
    Provisional Translation
  • Regulation on border crossings  on the territory of the Republic of Croatia which are allowed for the import of waste to the European Union and the export of waste outside of the European Union
    (OG No. 6/14)
  • Ordinance on waste management
    (OG No. 23/14, 51/14, 121/15, 132/15)
  • Ordinance on the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment
    (OG No. 42/14, 48/14, 107/14, 139/14)
  • Ordinance on the management of polychlorinated biphenils and polychlorinated terphenils
    (OG No. 103/14)
  • Ordinance on management of waste from the titanium dioxide industry
    (OG No. 117/14)
  • Ordinance on by-products and end-of-waste status
    (OG No. 117/14)

  • Ordinance on medical waste management
    (OG No. 50/15)

  • Instruction on bulky waste
    Official Gazette 79/15

  • Ordinance on packaging and waste packaging
    Official Gazette 88/15

    Ordinance on packaging and packaging waste
    Official Gazette 97/05, 115/05, 81/08, 31/09, 156/09, 38/10, 10/11, 81/11, 126/11, 38/13, 86/13

    Note: ceased to be valid as of entry into force of the Ordinance on packaging and waste packaging (Official Gazette no. 88/15) except for the provisions of Articles 12, 13, 14, 19a, 20, para. 3, 20a and Article 25, paragraphs 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the Ordinance which remain valid until the entry into force of the Regulation referred to in Article 53, paragraph 4 of the Act and conclusion of the contract on performing the service of collecting waste packaging in the system managed by the Fund, and Article 16, paragraphs 3, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 14 of the Ordinance which remain valid until the establishment of the Register referred to in Article 29 of the Ordinance on packaging and waste packaging (Official Gazette no. 88/15).

  • Decision on the areas for collection of non-hazardous waste packaging
    Official Gazette 88/15, 78/16, 116/17

  • Ordinance on the waste catalogue
    Official Gazette 90/15

  • Decision on the change of fee in the waste oil management system
    Official Gazette 95/15

  • Regulation on the management of waste packaging
    Official Gazette 97/15

  • Ordinance on the management of waste textiles and waste footwear
    Official Gazette 99/15

  • Regulation on waste batteries and accumulators management
    Official Gazette 105/15

  • Ordinance on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators
    Offiicial Gazette 111/15

    Ordinance on the management of waste batteries and accumulators
    Official Gazette 133/06, 31/09, 156/09, 45/12, 86/13

    Note: ceased to be valid as of entry into force of the Ordinance on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators (Official Gazette no. 111/15) except for the provisions of Article 18,  paragraph 2, indent 2 and paragraph 3 of this Ordinance which remain valid until the entry into force of the Regulation referred to in Article 53, paragraph 4 of the Act and conclusion of the contract on performing the service of collecting waste portable batteries and accumulators in the system managed by the Fund, and Article 15, paragraphs 3 and 4, Article 15.a, paragraphs 3 and 5 and Article 16, paragraphs 2 and 3 of this Ordinance which remain valid until the establishment of the Register referred to in Article 25 of that Ordinance

  • Regulation on the management of end-of-life vehicles
    Official Gazette 112/15

  • Ordinance on the methods and conditions for the landfill of waste, categories and operational requirements for waste landfills
    Official Gazette 114/15

    Council Decision 2003/33/EC of 19 December 2002 establishing criteria and procedures for the acceptance of waste at landfills pursuant to Article 16 of and Annex II to Directive 1999/31/EC
    Official Journal L 011, 16/01/2003 P. 0027 - 0049

  • Ordinance on the management of end-of-life vehicles
    Official Gazette 125/15, 90/16

  • Decision on repealing the Waste Management Training Programme
    Official Gazette 20/16

  • Ordinance on construction waste and waste containing azbestos
    Official Gazette 69/16

  • Ordinance on thermal treatment of waste
    Official Gazette 75/16

  • Ordinance on waste tyre management
    Official Gazette 113/16

  • Decision on the adoption of the Waste Management Plan of the Republic of Croatia for the period 2017 - 2022
    Official Gazette 3/17
    Provisional translation

  • Ordinance on waste management
    Official Gazette 117/17

 

International treaty

  • Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal (Basel 1989)
    Published in OG–IT No. 3/94, came into force with respect to the Republic of Croatia on 7 August 1994.

Important Disclaimer
The English translations published on this Web site have been provided by the Independent Service for Translation in the Field of European Integration of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs for informational purposes only. The Independent Service for Translation does not accept any liability for the accuracy of the translations provided, or for the direct or indirect consequences of any actions undertaken on the basis thereof. Only formally adopted legislation in the Croatian original is authentic and legally binding.

Strategies, plans and programmes

  • Waste Management Plan of the Republic of Croatia for 2007-2015
    (OG  No. 85/07,126/10, 31/11)
    Provisional Translation

  • Decision on the adoption of the Waste management plan of the Republic of Croatia for the period 2017-2022
    (OG No. 3/17)
    Provisional Translation

Contacts

DIRECTORATE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND SUSTAINABLE WASTE MANAGEMENT

Sector for sustainable waste management, plans, programmes and information system
Phone: 01/3717-125
Fax: 01/3717-135
E-mail: okolis.otpad@mzoe.hr

Division for sustainable waste management
Phone: 01/3717-125
Fax: 01/3717-135
E-mail: okolis.otpad@mzoe.hr

Division for plans, programmes and information system
Phone: 01/3717-125
Fax: 01/3717-135
E-mail: okolis.otpad@mzoe.hr