Within the EU project "Plastic Smart Cities", the City of Dubrovnik as well as institutions and companies owned by the City will limit the use of disposable plastic, based on the decision adopted at the last session of the City Council and previously, in April, plan to reduce plastic pollution in the city of Dubrovnik for the period 2021 – 2026.
The decision on restricting the use of disposable plastics adopts measures which in administrative bodies and in institutions and companies owned by the City of Dubrovnik determine the restriction of the use of disposable plastics and replacement of certain items used in business with environmentally friendly solutions, all in order to prevent and/or reduce the adverse impact of certain plastic products on the environment.
The decision also stipulates that the use of disposable plastic is limited to all public events that the City of Dubrovnik (co) organizes or (co) finances. The city, institutions and companies are obliged to ensure or arrange with the organizer of public events a separate collection of waste at the venue, as well as its timely and appropriate collection and disposal.
Furthermore, in the operations of the City, institutions and companies, it is necessary to apply the criteria and benchmarks of green public procurement whenever possible. One of the measures prescribed by the decision also refers to the digitization of documents and the promotion of the use of electronic documents among employees, officials and employees whenever possible.
With the adoption of the Plastic Pollution Reduction Action Plan, which began in June with the organization of a two-day workshop, the City of Dubrovnik became the first city in Croatia to have such a document.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has launched the Plastic Smart Cities initiative which supports coastal towns and villages in taking measures to stop plastic pollution. Other Mediterranean and European cities, such as Nice, Izmir, Tangier, Amsterdam and Venice, are also part of this initiative.