Establishing a new integral system of waste management in the Primorje – Gorski Kotar County includes the construction of the County Waste Management Centre and five transhipment stations located at the sites serving up to now as landfills on the islands of Krk, Cres and Rab and in Novi Vinodolski and Delnice, as well as the rehabilitation of all existing landfills.


At the County Waste Management Centre Marišćina, by applying mechanical and biological treatment of unsorted waste, collected waste will be permanently isolated, and thus reduced its environmental impact. The final goal is to minimise waste quantity, by applying high standards in environmental protection, whereby reducing the quantity of waste to a minimum.

The construction of the Waste Management Centre takes place in several phases. In the first phase the disposal plant has been constructed, as well as the mechanical and biological waste treatment plant, the wastewater treatment plant, service facilities and the administration building. The first phase of works on Marišćina started in March 2013.

In accordance with the second application modification relating to EU funding grants, accepted in January 2013, the project is to be realised in 4 phases.

Table 1: Activities and values in the construction of the integral waste management system in the Primorje – Gorski Kotar County

Phase Activities Value (EUR)
Phase 0 Land repurchase, drawing up documentation and construction preparation (projects, preparatory works, consents, utility contributions, water contribution and permits) about 8 mio
Phase 1 Construction of the disposal plant, a work zone with all the necessary contents including the mechanical and biological waste treatment plant, and costs of supervision 37 mio
Phase 2 Construction of five transhipment stations about 4.6 mio
Phase 3 Widening of the disposal plant after the capacities from earlier phases have been filled in (it is expected to take place eventually in 30 years) about 38.1 mio

Table 2: Structure of funding sources in accordance with the construction phases of the integral waste management system in the Primorje – Gorski Kotar County

Phase Total value
Value by investors
(% / EUR)
Investment value Investor
Phase 0 about 8.0 mio 50% County; 50% City of Rijeka EKOPLUS
Phase 1 about 37.0 mio 70,95% / 26 mio IPA III b
5,5 % / 2 mio FZOEU
23.55% / 9 mio PGŽ, Rijeka, EKOPLUS
Phase 2 about 4.6 mio 80% FZOEU
20% JLS in the territory they are located
Phase 3 about 38.1 mio From the waste management price EKOPLUS d.o.o.

The contract providing national co-financing of the so called Phase 1 was signed on 30 May 2011 and an annex to the Contract on 11 June 2013. The structure is visible in Table 3. FZOEU will co-finance EUR 2 million, while the County, the City of Rijeka and EKOPLUS will provide EUR 8 million. EKOPLUS took part in the construction of the mechanical and biological waste treatment plant (worth EUR 13 mio) with 29% of borrowed funds, while the residual amount is an EU grant.

70.95% i.e. EUR 26 million is a grant under IPA assigned to the project on the basis of the second application modification approved with the Decision of the European Commission on project co-financing taken in December 2012 (whereby participation in co-financing increased from 45.28% to 70.95%).

The EU funds take part in project realisation with 70.95%, the national co-financing of the Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection Fund with 5.5 %, while local co-financing through borrowed and budgetary funds (Ekoplus, County, City of Rijeka) with 23.55 %. Within the approved funds, co-financing includes the following contracts:

  • Work contracts in accordance with FIDIC conditions of contracts, the Yellow Book (signed on 8 December 2011) – consortium Helector, Greece and GP Krk, Croatia,
  • Work supervision contract (signed on 26 September 2012) – Eptisa and C&E,
  • Contract for equipment acquisition (acquisition was carried out in 2013),
  • Technical Assistance Programme (signed on 14 February 2012 – consortium Soges  and
  • PR Contract (signed on 7 Dec. 2010, implemented).

Within the establishment of the new system of waste management in the Primorje – Gorski Kotar County the existing landfills will undergo rehabilitation. The Viševac landfill has been officially closed.

The party responsible for the construction and management of the Centre and transhipment is Ekoplus, company dealing with waste management, established in 2001 by the Primorje – Gorski Kotar County, the City of Rijeka and utility company Čistoća from Rijeka with the main task to devise, prepare, construct and manage the new, integral system of waste management in the territory of the whole County. In 2006, the Commune of Viškovo, in which territory the Centre is being built, entered into the ownership structure.

Due to certain modifications concerning waste composition determined in 2012 by the contractor’s examination of waste composition, which was his obligation, certain parts of the mechanical and biological waste treatment plant and the wastewater treatment plant underwent a redesign. Due to the mentioned, the deadline was extended for 135 days by the Supervisor whereby the planned assumption of works and their beginning was postponed to September 2014.

At the beginning of July 2015, the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning carried out technical survey in Phase 3 at the building site of the County Waste Management Centre Marišćina, relating to disposal fields as a precondition for the beginning of hot commissioning and trial operation of the Centre.

It is expected that a temporary licence for use would be issued for waste disposals for products coming from plants processing municipal waste. In the past period tests were carried out at the site of all parts of equipment and of mechanical and biological waste treatment systems, wastewater treatment appliance, and other integral parts of the plant in order to prove their correct functionality. Positive findings were also issued by Ex-Agency in respect of the remaining phases of the Centre.

Further information is available on the website of Ekoplus and the project of the County Waste Treatment Centre Marišćina

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