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Waste management

Special categories of waste

Electrical and electronic waste

Electrical and electronic waste (EE waste) falls into special categories of waste (PKO). It contains valuable metal and non-metal raw materials which are obtained through material recovery (recycling), and which can also be used for energy generation. In addition, the parts for reuse are separated out.

Categories of electrical and electronic equipment:

  1. Large household appliances
  2. Small household appliances 
  3. IT equipment and telecommunications equipment
  4. Consumer goods and photovoltaic panels
  5. Lighting equipment
  6. Power tools (electrical and electronic, except large stationary industrial tools)
  7. Toys, leisure equipment, and sports equipment
  8. Medical products (except all implants and infected products)
  9. Instruments for monitoring and control
  10. Automatic vending machines

Collection

Collection of EE waste comprises the collection, sorting, and temporary storage for the purpose of transport to treatment.

The disposal is completely free of charge for the holder of EE waste. Authorised companies collectors or their authorised collecting subcontractors will accept the EE waste from the holder and dispose of it in a safe manner.

The EE waste collector is a legal or natural person-tradesman that, pursuant to the Act on Sustainable Waste Management, holds the licence for EE waste collection. They are obliged to take the entire EE waste from the holder, free of charge and within 20 days from the date of notice, and to hand it over to the treatment operator.

 Holder of EE waste can dispose of the waste free of charge in the following manner:

  • By calling a toll-free line, by e-mail, SMS, or registration on the web portal, depending on the county/City of Zagreb, category, and type of EE waste (household, registered persons)
  • By returning EE waste to the seller on the “one for one” basis, for the household holder, for categories 1 to 7.
  • By returning light bulbs to the seller which sells light bulbs, category 5.a (halogen, fluorescent, and other types of energy saving light bulbs), for household holders, free of charge and with no obligation to purchase
  • By returning to the seller EE waste with outer dimensions of up to 25 cm, whose store has the selling surface area greater than 400 m2, for household holders free of charge and with no obligation to purchase      
  • By personally disposing of EE waste at the collection centres. The addresses of the collection centres are located in the towns in each county/City of Zagreb, and you can view the list with contacts here.
  • By personally disposing under collection schemes organised by the authorised collectors, pursuant to the legal provisions

 Note: EE waste is collected by authorised collectors separately from the municipal waste and other types of waste, including bulky waste!

 Authorised collectors in the EE waste management system managed by the Fund:

The company Flora VTC d.o.o., 33000 Virovitica, Vukovarska 5, authorised collector for categories 1 to 10 of EE waste for the entire Republic of Croatia. 

The company CE-ZA-R d.o.o., 10090 Zagreb, Josipa Lončara 15, authorised collector for category 1 of EE waste for the City of Zagreb, Zagreb County, and Krapina-Zagorje County.

The company METIS d.d., 51227 Kukuljanovo, Kukuljanovo 414, authorised collector for category 1 of EE waste for Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Istria County, and Lika-Senj County.

  • Contact: by calling a toll-free line 0800 00 51, www.metis.hr in an on-line form,
  • Collection centres: see the list

Recovery

Recovery of EE waste are EE waste recovery or disposal procedures, as well as preparatory procedures before recovery or disposal of EE waste.  

The treatment operator is obliged to take from the collector all collected EE waste, free of charge and validating the collector’s consignment note, and to treat it in accordance with the provisions of the Ordinance on the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment.

EE waste treatment operator is a legal or natural person-tradesman that pursuant to the Act on Sustainable Waste Management has the licence to perform the activity of treatment of EE waste.

Authorised treatment operators in the EE waste management system managed by the Fund:  

The company CE-ZA-Ro d.o.o., 10090 Zagreb, Josipa Lončara 15, authorised treatment operator for category 1 of EE waste.

The company SPECTRA MEDIA d.o.o., 10000 Zagreb, Gradišćanska 20, authorised treatment operator for categories 2 to 10 of EE waste.

Goals

1. The goals of separate collection of EE waste:

Until 31 December 2015, the goal of separate collection of EE waste from households amounted to 4 kg per capita/year, or the equivalent mass quantity of EE waste that was on average collected in the Republic of Croatia in the previous three years, depending on whichever quantity is greater.

As of 2016, the goal of separate waste collection is reaching the rate of 45% calculated on the basis of the total mass of EE waste collected from households and registered persons in Croatia in the analysed year, expressed as the percentage of the average mass of EE equipment placed on the market in the previous three years, with a gradual increase until 2019.

As of 2019, the goal of separate collection is reaching the rate of 65% calculated on the basis of the total mass of EE waste collected from households and registered persons in Croatia in the analysed year, expressed in the form of percentage of the average mass of EE equipment placed on the market in the previous three years, or 85% of the generated EE waste.

2. Goals of recovery, recycling, and preparation for reuse of EE waste:

The minimum goals of recovery, recycling and preparation for reuse for each category of EE waste, are calculated so that the mass of EE waste entering the recovery plant or the plant for recycling/preparation for reuse is divided by the mass of separately collected EE waste in each category, expressed as percentage. The previous procedure, including sorting and storage before recovery, are not considered to be contributions to the fulfilment of these goals.

Fees

Producers of EE equipment are obliged to pay the fee for the management of EE waste to cover the costs of separate collection and treatment of EE waste in the system managed by the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund. More on the obligations of producers can be found at http://www.fzoeu.hr/hr/naknade/naknade_temeljem_zakona_o_odrzivom_gospodarenju_otpadom/naknada_gospodarenja_ee_otpadom/

The collector is entitled to the compensation of the costs for the quantities of EE waste that were collected, temporally stored, sorted, transported, and handed over to the treatment operator.

The treatment operator is entitled to the compensation of the costs for the treatment of EE waste for EE waste accepted from the collector.

Fee in the system of the Fund

Amount of the fee from 1 January 2009 to date

The Fund pays the collector

 

2,60 kn/kg

The Fund pays the treatment operator

 

1,40 kn/kg for category 1

1,60 kn/kg for categories 2 – 10

 

 

Regulations

Ordinance on the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment  
Official Gazette 42/14, 48/14, 107/14,139/14, 11/19

Ordinance on the management of waste electrical and electronic appliances and equipment  

Official Gazette 74/07, 133/08, 31/09, 156/09, 143/12, 86/13

Note: it ceased to be valid upon the entry into force of the Ordinance on the management of electrical and electronic equipment (Official Gazette 42/14) apart from the provisions of Article 4, points 11, 12, 13, and 14, Articles 16, 17, 18, 18.a, 19, 20, and Article 21, paragraphs 1, 2, and 3, and Annex V, which shall be valid until the entry into force of the Regulation in Article 53, paragraph 4, of the Act, and concluding new contracts for the services of collection and treatment of EE waste in the system managed by the Fund, in accordance with the Act.