Savka Kucar Dragicević, Jasna Butuči, Jasna Kufrin
Sep 28, 2006
Arhiv za higijenu rada i toksikologiju
Waste management is one of the key ecological challenges of the modern world. Waste is a direct consequence of human activity and the quantity of generated waste is often an indicator of the economic strength and development of a community. This paper presents the figures indicating quantities of waste generated in the E.U. countries and Croatia. The framework of the waste management system is determined by law, governing bodies and institutions. In Croatia, the governing bodies include the parliament, relevant ministries, county and town administration, and local offices for environmental protection, all within their authorities and responsibilities. Current waste management in Croatia is characterised by the lack of accurate information about the quantity of waste produced, who produces what type of waste in what quantities, how it is further treated and disposed; then by inadequate treatment of waste, by the lack of adequate facilities within waste management system (treatment, disposal); by difficulties in finding appropriate location for disposal sites (difficulties in obtaining approvals by local communities and permits by relevant authorities). Only recently a database of dumps has been established. The regulatory framework is relatively good in Croatia, and in spite of problems, there is a growing activity and interest in waste management.