Focus on Zagreb

The city of Zagreb, capital of Croatia, on the historic and political threshold between East and West, illustrates both the continental and Mediterranean spirit of the nation it spearheads. Zagreb is the cultural, scientific, economic, political and administrative centre of the Republic of Croatia, and is home to the Croatian Parliament, Government and President. Its favourable location between the Pannonian plain, the edge of the Alps and the Dinaric range has allowed it to become a crossing point for mass international communication.

Zagreb City Holding (ZCH) was founded in 2007 and is in 100% under the ownership of the City of Zagreb. It consists of 15 branches which perform the work of the former city enterprises, with a total of about 11.000 employees. The work of the Company is organized in four business areas: municipal, transport, and market functions and energy activities. Through its involvement in different fields of work, ZCH is able to broaden its ties with the community, build better links between people, their knowledge, time and experience.

The task of ZCH is the effective and long-term execution of municipal tasks, with maximum protection of the environment and the public interests of the local community. In the course of this work, particular attention is paid to continuously raising the satisfaction of beneficiaries of the company’s services and employees, which is the key to future business development.

Čistoća, as one of the ZCH branches, has a well-developed infrastructure for waste collection of municipal solid waste as well as separate collection of recyclables. Within the City of Zagreb over 6.000 different bins for source-separation of waste (plastics, paper and glass) are installed. In the City of Zagreb, Čistoća is operating 9 recycling yards where citizens can, free of charge, deposit over 20 different waste types. Among them are WEEE, construction waste, hazardous waste, etc.

High priority has been given to the increase of quantities of collected biodegradable waste (biowaste) from restaurants, schools, kindergartens, etc. All of the collected biowaste is being composted at the composting plant in the City which is operated by the ZCH branch Zrinjevac. Collected municipal solid waste is being landfilled at the Jakuševec-Prudinec landfill which is operated by ZGOS, also a ZCH branch. Nevertheless, ZCH owns 60 CNG buses that are used in public transportation and is continuously taking actions to further renew its fleet with vehicles on alternative fuels.

Having in mind that the Republic of Croatia has become full member of the EU, ZCH is well aware of the responsibility to impose and to adopt the EU standards in any field of work. The subjects that most occupy its attention are the issues related to the environmental protection and waste management. In that sense, sustainable waste management is one of the priorities especially considering that the largest portion of the municipal solid waste is still being landfilled.