15. Mar 2011.

Introducing Zero Waste policy brief through Slovakian good practice example

On the conference organised by Centre for European Integration of Belgrade Open School  policy brief on the topic "Zero Waste - Slovakian good practice example" was introduced. Conference was organised within the project "Implementation of Waste Management Policy in Serbia" carried out in the association with Pontis Foundation from Slovakia and Centre for Democracy. On this occasion, attendants at the conference were able to hear H.E. Jan Varos, Ambassador of Slovakia to Serbia.

"Ecologically acceptable waste management is based on a hierarchy of measures used predominantly to minimise waste generation to the utmost degree, then to reuse and recycle waste as much as possible. At the end, generated waste that hasn't been reused or recycled should be treated and disposed in a way that has the least negative impact on human health and environment", explained Vlatka Tadic, Project Assistant at Centre for European Integration (Belgrade Open School) and added that the example of Slovakian Municipality of Palarikovo, which was presented in the policy brief, pointed out the efficient ways to conduct the upper mentioned waste management policy by adopting Zero Waste concept. Namely, Municipality of Palarikovo reduced waste dumping for 75% in the period of 6 years.

Various problems are evident in the area of waste management in Serbia. After many months of research, the document showed that the goal was to make waste dumping the last choice because, according to the hierarchy of measures, waste dumps should be the last solution in waste management process. It is higly recommended to consider the adoption of the zero waste resolution.