Regional Landfill Lećevica, Croatia

The plan of building a regional waste management center in Lećevica received a strong critique by eco-organisation, experts, and local politicians, as well as it had to be adjusted to the EU waste regulations.


Description

The initiative for building regional landfill center for Split – Dalmatia County was launched in 2001. The center should be located on the 23 ha karst field near town Lećevica and should collect communal waste from in total 55 towns and municipalities in the county remaining after mechanical – biological treatment. The opening of new center would include closing down of numerous smaller municipal landfills. In 2009, the county authorities established the company Regionalni centar čistog okoliša d.o.o, which should be in charge of the landfill management. The financial for the center was provided from the Croatian Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency and by the European Union.

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Basic Data
NameRegional Landfill Lećevica, Croatia
CountryCroatia
ProvinceSplit-Dalmatia County
SiteLećevica
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Waste Management
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Landfills, toxic waste treatment, uncontrolled dump sites
Specific CommoditiesDomestic municipal waste
Project Details and Actors
Project Details 97,582m2 of the future landfill area is privately owned. The owners will be compensated with 15 USD per m2.
Project Area (in hectares)23
Level of Investment (in USD)68,000,000
Type of PopulationUrban
Potential Affected Population455,000
Start Date2001
Company Names or State EnterprisesRegionalni centar čistog okoliša d.o.o. (RCCO) from Croatia - Management of the landfill
Hudec Plan d.o.o. from Croatia - Author of the study of environmental protection
Relevant government actorsThe Split-Dalmatia County; the Croatian Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency; The Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection of the Republic of Croatia
International and Financial InstitutionsEuropean Union (EU) - Investor (78,4% share)
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersRAST ZAGORE http://www.rast-zagore.org
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Local scientists/professionals
Religious groups
Forms of MobilizationArtistic and creative actions (eg guerilla theatre, murals)
Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Street protest/marches
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCompensation
Application of existing regulations
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Project temporarily suspended
Development of AlternativesThe opponents demanded finding an alternative location to the landfill. They stressed their preferences to base the local development on tourism and production of organic food and aromatic plants.
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.The authorities do not consider finding other location, due to the previously invested funds and the EU deadlines for establishing of urban waste management systems across Croatia. In March 2016, the Ministry of Environment and Nature published the new project documents including “Study of environmental protection” and have invited broad public to participate in a process of "Evaluation of the need for environmental impact assessment”. The construction of the landfill Lećevica still didn't started, but it is almost certain that the center will be built by 2018, otherwise the country would have to pay a fine to the EU.
Sources and Materials
Legislations

STRATEGIJU GOSPODARENJA OTPADOM REPUBLIKE HRVATSKE
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References

Study of environmental protection
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Call for of evaluation of the need for environmental impact assessment
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Study Annexes
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Links

Protivnicima otpada u Lećevici pomaže Bruxelles
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Lećevica: u što je potrošeno 50 milijuna kuna?
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Kasni centar u Lećevici, kamo ćemo sa smećem?
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Ministar Zmajlović: Milijuni su bačeni za Centar u Lećevici
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Ževrnja: Gradnja centra za otpad u Lećevici počinje 2015.
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Umjesto na Karepovac, smeće će u Šilovića Doce
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Kontra Centra za otpad u Lećevici: 'Želimo razvoj na temelju eko hrane i bilja, a ne ekološku rentu'
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Analiza znaka i djelatnost Regionalnog centra čisti okoliš d.o.o. (RCČO) Županije splitsko-dalmatinske
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Šošić : Nećemo ostati bez europske potpore, očekujemo da na ljeto krene izgradnja Centra za otpad u Lećevici
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O Lećevici reagirali i iz Lijepe naše
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Gradnja centra za gospodarenje otpadom u Lećevici
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Tomislav Šuta: Lećevica otvara 80 'zelenih' radnih mjesta
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Centar u Lećevici do 2018. ili će nam EU udariti penale
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Media Links

LEĆEVICA OTPAD 24012012 TV JADRAN
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lecevica ili smecevica
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Other Documents

Citizens protest for closing down of the local Landfill Karepovac in May 2014 The waste from overloaded landfill Karepovac should be disposed on the regional landfill in Lecevci whose construction was delayed
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Banner against Landfill Lećevica Landfill in Lećevica is threat to potable water
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Meta Information
ContributorJovanka Spiric, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, vankajo(at)gmail.com
Last update16/05/2016
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