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Waste Incinerator in Resnik, Zagreb, Croatia

Many years of citizens and NGOs opposition to building waste incinerator in Resnik resulted in cancellation of the project by decisions of the state and city of Zagreb authorities.


At the beginning of 2000s, the City of Zagreb made a plan for the installation of a municipal waste incinerator with annual capacity of 385,000 tonnes, worth around 200 million USD to be provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Waste Incinerator in Resnik, Zagreb, Croatia
State or province:Zagreb Capital
Location of conflict:Zagreb, Resnik
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Waste Management
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Incinerators
Specific commodities:Domestic municipal waste
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Only 26% of waste is currently separated and only 2% is recycled in Croatia. According to the directives of the European Union the percentage of separated waste should raise to 50% by 2020.

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Level of Investment:200,000,000
Type of populationUrban
Affected Population:1,400
Start of the conflict:05/2005
End of the conflict:03/2016
Company names or state enterprises:Zagreb Holding (ZGOS) from Croatia - Manager of the future incinerator
Relevant government actors:The City of Zagreb, The Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection of the Republic of Croatia, The Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning of the Republic of Croatia
International and Finance InstitutionsThe European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) - Project investor
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Zelena Akcija (Green Action); Udruga za zaštitu okoliša Resnik (UZOR); citizens of Resnik
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Social movements
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Fires, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Occupational disease and accidents, Infectious diseases
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors
Potential: Displacement, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusStopped
Conflict outcome / response:Project cancelled
Development of alternatives:The opponents of the project demanded from the city authorities to quit of outdated, polluting and end-of-pipe technologies and to invest in improvements of waste management system in Zagreb including waste separation, re-use and recycling activities.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Yes
Briefly explain:According to the minister of environment and the city authorities, the waste incinerator in Resnik will not be built. Apart from necessity of making such decision official, it remains that Croatian authorities elaborate a new waste management plan and decide on waste management location in 2016.
Sources and Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Document: Incinerator analysis - Position paper, 14.10.2005 by NGO Green Action
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Concerns regarding the proposed waste-to-energy incinerator in Zagreb, Croatia
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Zagreb incinerator EIA approval faces legal challenge, 01.12.2006
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Incinerator correspondence with EBRD #2, 16.11.2005
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Open letter reminds Mayor to respect public and expert opinion, 03.11.2005
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Bandić: Spalionica otpada neće se graditi u Zagrebu
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Ne želimo spalionicu u Resniku!
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Bandić otkazao sjednicu, a ministri odobrili spalionicu
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Prosvjednici: Neće biti spalionice, Milane ti si se kleo
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Prosvjednicima ispred Skupštine Kosor poručio: 'Za Bandića i spalionicu glasalo 93% Resničana
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Župnik: Ako su stvarno odustali od spalionice, imat ćemo feštu
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Stručnjaci: Spalionice otpada nisu baš 'passé' kako Bandić tvrdi
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GRADONAČELNIK BANDIĆ OTKRIVA: Zašto je Zagreb ipak odustao od spalionice smeća
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Novi ministar zaštite okoliša protiv spalionice otpada u Zagrebu
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Aktivisti Zelene akcije i Uzora protiv spalionice otpada
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Zagreb na dnu europske ljestvice po gospodarenju otpadom
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Bandić i Dobrović odustali od spalionica otpada: Spuštamo cijenu za građane koji to zaslužuju
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Bandić: Odustajemo od spalionice otpada u Zagrebu
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EU parlament: Nema toga, zaboravite na spalionicu otpada
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Action: Waste + Incineration = Toxic Waste, 11.05.2005
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EBRD criticised for persisting with rejected Zagreb incinerator project, 17.11.2005
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Citizens protest- Građani u Resniku: Centar za gospodarenje otpadom je spalionica
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Resnik protiv spalionice
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Bandić odustao od gradnje spalionice u Zagrebu 'Ja želim bidi moderan'
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Other documents

Green Action activist in protest against the waste incinerator in 2005 The sign reads “Waste + incinerator = hazardous waste”
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The citizens of Resnik in protest, 2014 The sign reads “Burn the plan, not the waste”
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Contributor:Jovanka Spiric, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, vankajo(at)
Last update07/05/2016
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