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Waste management

Waste management order of priority

The Act on Sustainable Waste Management (OG 94/13) defines the waste management order of priority in the following manner:

  1. preventing waste generation (measures to reduce the quantities of waste, including reuse of products or extending the life cycle of products),
  2. preparation for reuse (means checking, cleaning or repairing recovery operations, by which products or components of products that have become waste are prepared so that they can be re-used without any other pre-processing), 
  3. recycling (any recovery operation by which waste materials are reprocessed into products, materials or substances whether for the original or other purposes, but not including energy recovery or the reprocessing into materials that are to be used as fuels or for backfilling),
  4. other recovery procedures, e.g. energy recovery and waste disposal.

A unit of local self-government shall ensure in its area:

  1. public service collection of mixed municipal waste and biodegradable municipal waste (the provider of service of collection of solid and biodegradable municipal waste shall calculate a fee for the public service so as to ensure the application of the “the polluter pays” principle, economically viable business performance and a safe, regular and high quality service. The provider of service of collection of solid and biodegradable municipal waste shall charge the user of the public service the fee referred in the Article which is proportional to the quantity of the waste submitted during the accounting period, where the quantity criterion in a given accounting period shall mean the mass of the waste submitted or the volume of the waste container and the number of times the container has been emptied).
  2. separate collection of waste paper, metal, glass, plastics, textile and bulky municipal waste,
  3. prevention of the discarding of waste in a manner contrary to this Act and elimination of any such discarded waste,
  4. the implementation of the Plan,
  5. the adoption and implementation of the waste management plan of the local self-government unit,
  6. conducting educational and information activities in its area, and
  7. the possibility of organising waste collection drives.

The public service of collection of mixed municipal waste and biodegradable municipal waste involves the collection of those wastes in a given service area using user containers, and the transport of those wastes to the authorised treatment facility For providing this service, it is essential to have adequate containers adequate utility vehicles.

Every local self-government unit shall ensure separate collection of difficult wastes, waste paper, metal, glass, plastics, textiles and bulky municipal waste, by ensuring:

  1. the operation of one or more recycling yards 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 service user request.