HNS candidate for Zagreb mayor Anka Mrak Taritaš held the first in a series of thematic press conferences. The theme was, as she said, the burning problem in Zagreb - the issue of waste management. If Zagreb wants to be a smart city, for which it stands alone, then its waste must be smart to manage - she said.
Smart waste management, according to Anka Mrak Taritaš, implies fulfillment of several key objectives - prevention of waste generation, separate collection and recycling, opening of the Recycling Center and closing of the Prudinec landfill in Jakuševac.
- Waste is a big problem in Croatia. Some municipalities and some cities have started to solve this problem. We have about a hundred good practice examples in Croatia, not to mention in the European Union countries. When we talk about Zagreb, there are all the lights in red. As above the sick bed when it burns red and blue, so is waste in Zagreb. But we have to be aware of the fact that waste is not garbage, that waste is energy and that we have to deal with it as such. Smart management will allow us lower heating prices, new employment, and a healthier and cleaner city - stressed Anka Mrak Taritaš and added that the average household per year "produces" about 370 kilograms of waste, of which the 50 percentage is reusable. We therefore need to know what from the unusable 50 percent.
- Apart from the sorting unit where the waste will be sorted, the rest can also be used as an energy source. I am in favor of not activating a new space in this respect, but using existing, already devastated. The area near Toplane on the eastern part of the city would be ideal for energy - says HNS candidate for the mayor and says that the sludge that remains in the Wastewater Proof can also be used.
"Waste sludge can be partially used in compost production, but also in the construction industry, primarily for the production of bricks," he concludes.
In the end, she said that it is a great responsibility for the City of Zagreb, which simply has to make all the necessary infrastructure so that waste can be cautious, as well as citizens who need to be informed and educated about it.