Decision on modifications and amendments to the Decision on the manner of providing public service for the collection of mixed municipal waste and biodegradable municipal waste and services related to the public service in the City of Zagreb
Dana 14. September 2019. The Decree on Amendments to the Decree on Municipal Waste Management, adopted by the Government of the Republic of Croatia, entered into force. The amendments prescribe the obligations of the local self-government unit to harmonize their decisions on how to provide a public service for the collection of mixed municipal waste and biodegradable municipal waste. The most significant changes relate to the obligation to identify two categories of public service users, households and non-households (users performing the activity). In addition, a significant change relates to the fact that the Decision itself, taken by the representative body of local units, should specify the price of the minimum public service.

The city of Zagreb is dated 08. November 2019. published in the public consultation the proposal for a Decision on amendments to the decision on the manner of providing public service for the collection of mixed municipal waste and biodegradable municipal waste and services related to the public service in the City of Zagreb.

The price of the public service in accordance with the law and the Decree is the price of the obligatory minimum public service (fixed part), the price of public service for the amount of communal mixed waste (variable part) and the price of the contractual penalty in case of contravention of the public service contract.

The cost of the mandatory minimum public service (fixed part), in accordance with the law and the Regulation, includes the cost of purchasing and maintaining equipment for waste collection, transportation of waste, treatment of waste (except for the costs of disposal of mixed municipal waste), costs incurred by the operation of recycling and mobile recycling yards, transportation and treatment bulky waste and maintaining prescribed records and reporting for public services. Price of mandatory minimum public service and public service related services in the City of Zagreb for public service users classified into the household category it is proposed in the amount of 60,68 kn plus VAT (68,57 kn).

Non-household users are further subdivided into seven sub-categories defined by the Regulation, which also determines the amount of the price of the mandatory minimum public service. It is suggested depending on the subcategory to which users belong, from approx. 75 to 180 kn per month, plus VAT.

The price for emptying the volume of a public service tank for the amount of communal mixed waste delivered (variable part of the price) will depend on the number of empties of the mixed municipal waste tank during the month and the size of the container. The price per liter of waste is determined by the public service provider, Zagreb Holding - Purity Branch.

Contractual penalties refer to operations such as the disposal of problematic waste containing hazardous substances or bulky waste in municipal waste containers or the disposal of mixed municipal waste in paper or bio-waste containers and the like. The fines in question are proposed in the amounts of 250 to 800 kn for households and from 250 to 1.000 kn for non-household customers, and their amount is limited by the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Croatia.

The service users will be able to choose the number of empties and the volume of the mixed municipal waste container and thus affect the total amount they will pay for the service.
The aim of these changes is to establish a public, quality, sustainable and cost-effective municipal waste collection system in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, environmental protection, waste management and protection of the public interest.

The said changes are intended to encourage service users to submit waste separately in order to reduce the amount of mixed municipal waste, reduce the share of biodegradable waste in generated mixed municipal waste and fulfill the obligation of the Republic of Croatia to ensure separate collection and recycling of waste paper, scrap metal, waste plastics and waste glass and that up to 2020. ensures the separation of 50% municipal waste.

The decision, referred to public consultation, suggested the application of a new public service price from 01. February 2020