Croatia Municipal Waste Report 2020

In 2020 Croatia reduced the amount of municipal waste. It has increased the waste sorting and recycling rate, but the results are in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are still below set targets.

The data is part of the report on municipal waste for 2020, presented by the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Tomislav Ćorić, director of the Institute for the protection of the environment and nature Aljoša Duplić, and director of the department of environmental impact assessment and sustainable waste management Anamarija Matak.

56 percent of municipal waste ended up in landfills in 2020, and plan is to reduce the level to 25 percent by 2022

According to the report, 1,692,966 tons of municipal waste were produced in Croatia in 2020, a decrease of 6.5% compared to 2019. The annual amount of municipal waste per capita is 418 kilograms.

According to the national waste management plan for the period 2017-2022, Croatia’s target was to reduce municipal waste by 5% compared to 2015, or 1,571,300 tonnes, and the target for 2020 was 1 587,840 tons.

In 2020, 941,285 tonnes of municipal waste was landfilled, or 56% of the total. This is a 3% reduction from 2019, but there is still a long way to go to reach the 25% set for 2022.

Of the total municipal waste, 56% was sent to landfills, 34% for recovery (which includes recycling) and 9% to mechanical-biological waste treatment plants, the report points out.

Good results driven by the reduction in work in the service sector due to the pandemic, but also the reforms implemented

The decrease in the total amount of municipal waste is explained by the COVID-19 pandemic, which reduced the work of the service sector in 2020 and the consistent implementation of activities to raise awareness of citizens about their role in the creation and waste prevention.

In addition, investments have been made in waste sorting infrastructures, such as containers for selective collection at the doors of households, the construction of recycling parks, the installation of containers for selective collection in public places, the purchase of vehicles for selective collection, the equipment of sorting facilities.

Another reason for the good results was the introduction of scales in landfills, which is why the data on the quantities of waste is more accurate, according to the report.

Waste sorting rate at 41 percent, target was 52

Croatia municipal waste report 2020 waste sorting

Croatia also recorded an increase in municipal waste sorting last year, by four percentage points to 41%. However, the target for 2020 was 52%, compared to 60% for 2022.

The number of municipal units carrying out selective sorting of bio-waste has increased by 20

In 2020, there has been an increase in the number of municipal units where there is a separate collection of bio-waste from municipal waste. The number of local authorities rose from 172 to 192 to reach a share of 35%. The bio-waste collected mainly comes from kitchens, canteens, gardens and parks.

The amount of biowaste collected separately from municipal waste in 2020 was 24 percent of total municipal biowaste generated, down 22 percent from 2019, but below the 30 percent target for 2020 .

The recycling target for 2020 was 50 percent, while the achieved rate was 34 percent

Croatia municipal waste report 2020 recycling

Of the total amount of municipal waste collected separately (all types of municipal waste except mixed municipal waste), which amounted to 694,160 tons, 583,372 tons were recovered, including recycling. The recovery rate was 34%, four points higher than in 2019.

The recycling rate was also 34%, as it increased by four percentage points year on year, but it was well below the 2020 target of 50%. Croatia currently has 145 recycling yards which have been co-financed by grants.

Tomislav Ćorić: 505 million euros invested, 166 million euros additional secured

The report confirms good trends in Croatia resulting from the activities and investments made since 2017, said Minister Tomislav Ćorić.

He said he was convinced that Croatia would achieve better results in waste sorting and recycling, achieve its targets and move to a circular economy.

A total of HRK 3.8 billion (EUR 505 million) has been contracted in waste management projects, and an additional HRK 1.25 billion (EUR 166 million) has been secured under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan .


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Melissa C. Keyes