Baden-Württemberg's Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector is working with the Croatian County of Vukovar-Srijem on the basis of a declaration of intent issued in November 2012. The aim of the cooperation is to develop model environmental and energy projects which could function as templates for other counties.
Waste experts from the Districts of Böblingen, Ludwigsburg and Rhein-Neckar led by Martin Kneisel from the Ministry of the Environment travelled to the County of Vukovar-Srijem in October 2014. Discussions focused on municipal waste collection, landfill remediation, calculations and public relations work. Shortly before the expert visit got under way the Croatian government had decided that two districts would jointly run a waste disposal centre in the future at which waste will be mechanically and biologically separated.
The advice provided by the experts from Baden-Württemberg was extremely valuable for the county which obtained some immediate insights into the practical issues involved. This facilitated discussions during which both sides were able to exchange practical experiences in the implementation of waste management planning. Thanks to the experience it has acquired over the last 25 years, Baden-Württemberg is able to offer leading international know-how in the areas which are of particular concern to Croatia – how to implement a system of waste charges, optimise collection, remediate landfills, undertake public relations work and utilise biomass. Manufacturers with the required environmental technology are also located here.
The consultations were constructive and successful. The results were subsequently presented to representatives from the county, mayors, district councillors and other people with responsibility in the county at a large public event. Specifically, the results will enable municipalities - contrary to their original plans - to work towards establishing inter-municipal cooperation and to putting out common tenders for waste management services.