Removal of car wreckages continues


The Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund continues with the programme of removal of end-of-life vehicles from Croatian islands, whereby more than 100 vehicles have been removed and disposed of from our islands so far.

By announcing the new public call, the Fund encourages local self-government units on the islands and local self-government units on the mainland to which the islands administratively belong, to submit by 31 October the information about the locations with more scrap vehicles. The aim of the call is to organise and coordinate clean-up actions and remove car wreckages, which the Fund will then hand over for further treatment.
Owners of such discarded motor vehicles are largely unknown, and their removal can be extremely financially demanding, especially when the vehicles are in inaccessible locations. Some removal operations therefore require cooperation with speleologists and members of the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service. To finance removal of scrap vehicles, potential beneficiaries can apply to the Fund by e-mail to [email protected]. When applying, two forms must be submitted: one with general information about the applicant and the other with data on end-of-life vehicles.

In addition to the positive impact on the environment and pollution prevention, this programme aims to raise public awareness of the system of collection and treatment of motor vehicles that have become waste due to damage, deterioration, and other causes. An elaborate and efficient system for the proper disposal of such vehicles is in place, so owners have the option to contact licensed collectors and arrange pick-up. When handing over the vehicle for treatment the owners can get the appropriate compensation – car pick-up excluded – amounting to one kuna per kilogramme of mass of the handed over whole integral vehicle. Collected vehicles are forwarded by collectors for further treatment to licensed treatment operators to use all serviceable components or provide raw materials for further use. All this is in line with the circular economy principles and European practice, which shows that as many as 85% of cars are successfully recycled, and the new Regulation on end-of-life vehicles aims to increase this percentage.