As part of the “Plastic Smart Cities” project of the Sunce Association, the City Council of the City of Trogir at its last session on October 30, adopted a decision on restricting the use of single-use plastics.The decision applies to institutions and companies.
The same decision comes two months after the same decision was adopted by the Dubrovnik City Council, making these cities the first in Croatia to go a step further than the EU directive on disposable plastics.
The decision prescribes measures which in administrative bodies and in institutions and companies owned and co-owned by the City of Trogir determine the restriction of the use of single-use plastics and the replacement of certain items used in business with environmentally friendly solutions, all in order to prevent and reduce adverse the impact of certain plastic products on the environment.
It is prescribed that the use of single-use plastic is limited to all public events that the City of Trogir organises or co-organises or finances or co-finances. The city, institutions and companies are obliged to ensure or arrange with the organiser of public events a separate collection of waste at the venue, as well as its timely and appropriate collection and disposal.
The Trogir decision covers a total of 10 key 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.
Digitisation of documents and promotion of the use of electronic documents among employees, officials and employees whenever possible.
Replacing disposable plastic cups with glass or other reusable cups.
Replacement of disposable plastic straws with reusable solutions (straws made of alternative materials such as paper, bamboo, steel).
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.).
Ensuring the possibility of using reusable cups on coffee and water machines, ie completely eliminating the use of disposable plastic cups.
Ensuring the supply of beverages and other liquids exclusively in returnable packaging whenever possible.
Replacement of all disposable plastic bags with reusable canvas or paper bags whenever possible.
Gradual replacement and procurement of office supplies and hygiene supplies without plastic packaging whenever possible.
Gradual replacement and procurement of cleaning and personal hygiene products with environmentally friendly ingredients (such as natural cleaning products) and the use of products that can be supplemented in order to reduce the generation of packaging waste.