SPLIT, 14 October 2021 – As part of the “For Plastic Free Croatian Islands” project of the Sunce Association, the City Council of Sali on the island of Dugi Otok has adopted a decision on restricting the use of single-use plastics.
The decision adopts measures which in the administrative bodies of the Municipality of Sali and institutions and companies owned or co-owned by the Municipality determine the reduction of the use of disposable plastic by 30% and the replacement of certain items used in business with more environmentally friendly solutions, all in in order to prevent or reduce the adverse impact of certain plastic products on the environment.
The Municipality of Sali, in accordance with the Action Plan for the Reduction of Plastic Pollution in the Municipality of Sali for the period 2021 – 2026, in order to fulfill the obligations from the Directives of the European Parliament and the Council from Art. 1 paragraph 2, and in order to encourage officials and employees of the Municipality, local community, as well as employees of business entities to develop awareness of environmental protection and plastic pollution, especially in the marine environment, adopted the following measures:
Placing containers for separate waste collection (plastic, paper, glass, electronic waste, bio-waste, mixed municipal waste, etc.) in appropriate places within institutions and separating waste at the place of origin, whenever possible, as well as ensuring adequate shipment and disposal all separately-collected waste.
Replacing disposable plastic cups with glass or other reusable cups
ensuring the possibility of using reusable cups on coffee and water machines, ie completely eliminating the use of disposable plastic cups.
Replacement of disposable plastic cutlery and plastic coffee spoons with reusable metal utensils or available alternatives made of natural and biodegradable or compostable materials (wood, paper, fiber, sugar cane, bamboo cane, etc.)
Replacement of disposable plastic straws with multiple solutions (straws made of alternative materials such as paper, bamboo, steel)
replacement of all disposable plastic bags with reusable canvas or paper bags whenever possible.
Digitization of documents and promotion of the use of electronic documents among employees, officials and employees whenever possible.
Gradual replacement and procurement of office supplies and hygiene supplies without plastic packaging.
Ensuring the supply of beverages and other liquids exclusively in returnable packaging whenever possible.
Gradual replacement and procurement of cleaning and personal hygiene products with environmentally friendly ingredients (such as natural cleaning agents) and the use of products that can be supplemented in order to reduce the generation of packaging waste.
It is recommended that all public events organized or co-organized, ie financed or co-financed by the Municipality, institutions and companies (co) owned by the Municipality are organized in accordance with these measures, and the Municipality is obliged to provide or agree with the organizer of public events separate waste collection. , as well as its timely and appropriate removal and disposal.
Also, in the operations of the City, institutions and companies, it is now necessary to apply the criteria and benchmarks of green public procurement whenever possible.
The project aims to contribute to reducing the use of disposable plastics, as well as reducing plastic pollution in the Adriatic and Mediterranean, implementing sustainable waste management measures based on the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle in the municipality of Sali on Dugi otok and Stari Grad on Hvar.
The project holder is the Association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development Sunce, partners are the City of Stari Grad (Island Hvar), Municipality Sali (Island Dugi Otok) and Zelena akcija, and associates SMILO, Initiative for Zlarin without plastic. The project is supported by the World Wide Fund for Nature, which has already started implementing similar decisions in Dubrovnik and Trogir as part of the “Plastic Smart Cities Croatia” project.