Plastic Smart Cities: City of Dubrovnik Limits Single-Use Plastics

By 13 September 2021
Plastic Smart Cities: City of Dubrovnik Limits Single-Use Plastics

September 13, 2021 - The City of Dubrovnik limits single-use plastics as part of the EU 'Plastic Smart Cities' project. 

Within the EU project "Plastic Smart Cities," the City of Dubrovnik, as well as institutions and companies (co) owned by the City, will limit the use of single-use plastics. This also comes as part of the Decision adopted at the last City Council session and previously, in April, the Action Plan for the Reduction of Plastic Pollution in the City of Dubrovnik from 2021 - 2026, reports HRTurizam.

The decision on restricting single-use plastics enacts measures which, administrative bodies, institutions, and companies (co) owned by the City of Dubrovnik determine how they will restrict disposable plastics and replace certain items used in business with environmentally friendly solutions, all to prevent and/or reduce the adverse impact of certain plastic products on the environment.

The decision also stipulates that the use of single-use plastics is limited to all public events that the City of Dubrovnik (co) organizes or (co) finances. Furthermore, the city, institutions, and companies are obliged to ensure or arrange with the organizer of public events a separate collection of waste at the venue and its timely and appropriate collection and disposal.

Furthermore, in the operations of the City, institutions, and companies, it is necessary to apply the criteria and benchmarks of green public procurement whenever possible. Therefore, one of the measures prescribed by the Decision also refers to the digitization of documents and the promotion of electronic documents among employees, officials, and employees whenever possible.

With the adoption of the Plastic Pollution Reduction Action Plan, which began in June with a two-day workshop, the City of Dubrovnik became the first city in Croatia to have such a document. Some of these measures are applied before the Plan and Decision.

Recall, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has launched a Plastic Smart Cities initiative that supports coastal towns and villages in taking action to stop plastic pollution. Other Mediterranean and European cities, such as Nice, Izmir, Tangier, Amsterdam, and Venice, are also part of this initiative. The contractual aspects of the project implemented in the area of the city of Dubrovnik are WWF Mediterranean, Association Sunce, and the City of Dubrovnik.

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