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Commitment for producer/holder of waste

The definition of waste according to the article 4 in the Act on Sustainable Waste Management („Official Gazette“ no. 94/13) is: waste is any substance or object which holder discards, intends to discard or has to be discarded. Waste can be any object/substance whose collection, transportation and processing are necessary to protect public interest.

 

Waste Management is a set of actions, decisions and measures aimed at:

  • waste prevention, reduction and/or its adverse environmental impact
  • carry-out collection, transport, recovery, disposal and other activities related to waste  management, and supervision of those activities performance

Manuals, recommendations, guidelines regarding the waste management, its data, determination of the waste/non-waste status, waste categorization and waste glossary can be viewed here.

In accordance with the Act, obligations of waste producers/owners are:

  • to give out their waste only to authorised collector and/or authorised processing body for disposal
  • to submit necessary documentation with the waste (following list)
  • responsible for the accuracy of data on waste in the accompanying list
  • to keep records about the origin and progress of waste (promptly and completely after each changes)
  • to provide information to the competent offices (registration in the Register of environmental pollution)
  • to keep waste management data at least 5 years, or 12 months in case of transport of hazardous waste
  • responsibility of waste producers/owners stops after its appropriate handling over to the authorised person and certifiication of following list or movement document if the waste is exported

Waste producer is obliged to make the Waste Management Plan if annual production is more than 150 tonnes of non-hazardous waste and/or more than 200 kilograms of hazardous waste. The plan is made for a period of 4 years on the prescribed form.

Manufacturer of waste can store their own waste produced on allocated place within the premises – not longer than one year of the date the waste is produced. Exceptionally, under conditions prescribed with the consent of the competent Ministry up to 3 years – if there is no possibility of recovery or disposal of produced waste.

The waste producer is obliged to provide reports on physical and chemical properties for the collector along with the accompanying list if the ingredients of hazardous waste are unknown and/or the amount of hazardous waste is greater than 1 tonne. Report on physical and chemical properties cannot be older than 12 months from the date of implementation of the waste analysis. For hazardous waste of known composition, for the amount less than 1 tonne, the manufacturer shall submit the declaration of physical and chemical properties of waste. The reports could be executed only by authorised laboratories.

Payment of environmental loading compensation is defined by:

  • Regulation on unit charges, corrective coefficients and more detailed criteria and standards for determining environmental loading of waste compensation („Official Gazette“ no. 71/04)
  • Regulations on the manner and terms of calculation and payment of fees to the environmental burden of waste („Official Gazette“ no. 95/04)

Fees are paid for the calendar year based on solutions for the fees calculation that The Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund establishes before 30 April of the current year for previous year in the context of disposed non-hazardous industrial waste and produced but untreated or not exported hazardous waste. More information about fees you can see on The Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund website.

Additional and necessary information for waste management information please see on the The Ministry of Environment and Energy and Croatian Environment Agency websites.