Official title of the project

Development of an integrated municipal solid waste management system in local government units in Serbia

Project information

Region / City
Dimitrovgrad, Zabalj, Cacak
Total budget of programme / project

Budget / EC contribution

EUR 250.156,44   /   EUR 212.132,66

Implementation period
2010. Sep - 2011. Dec
Expected results

A system of large-scale civic education in waste management established. A municipal solid waste separation system established in the City of Cacak and municipalities of Dimitrovgrad and Zabalj. A more efficient waste recovery process created. Landfill waste reduced.


Municipality of Dimitrovgrad


City of Cacak, Municipality of Zabalj,  Municipality of Morbach, Rhineland Palatinate

Summary of the project

This action has a mission to strengthen the capacity of local communities. The action is focused on environmental protection through capacity building of utility activities of local communities by strengthening public capacities of local communities, increasing citizen responsibility and strengthening the cooperation between citizens, local government units and local operators in implementing a sustainable waste management system.  The action provides local governments and PUCs with adequate capacity and necessary knowledge, and the citizens will benefit from the higher quality of both utility services and the environment.

The project activities are focused on developing: planning, normative and technical capacities within the local government units concerned, technical capacities of PUCs, educational capacities of local government units, PUCs, educational and cultural institutions,   educational capacities of both NGOs and the media, and on education and involvement of Dimitrovgrad, Zabalj and Cacak citizens in the process of developing an integrated municipal solid waste management system.

Programme/Project objectives

Strengthening the capacities of local communities within the areas of environmental protection and communal services through the implementation of an IMSWMS.

Sustainable waste management is a key element in environmental protection and communal services at local community level. The term integrated waste management system involves: prevention of waste generation, source selection of waste, maximum waste reuse, sustainable waste treatment development, waste management practices throughout the territory, citizen participation in the waste management process, resulting in minimising landfill waste and eliminating uncontrolled landfills.

Specific objectives

Specific objective 1: Facilitated decision making and process monitoring through access to information enabled via the latest technologies.

Modern technologies will enable the applicant to facilitate decision making and process monitoring to all interested stakeholders. This means that it will be possible to obtain all necessary information at one place. It will no longer be necessary to go to different institutions, wait in queues, and submit several written applications because it will be possible to have access to a large number of pieces of information via the Internet.

 Specific objective 2: Improving of co-operation between institutions at all levels, as well as between institutions and citizens

Improvement of communication, better and faster work, avoidance of unnecessary expenditure of resources and creation of foundations for further business development will together enable easier cooperation between institutions and citizens.