Regional Centre for Municipal Waste Management „Halovo“

(Zaječar, Serbia)

Serbia has made progress in the development of a legislative framework in the field of waste management by harmonizing existing laws with current EU legislation. The Serbian legal framework for waste management is driven by the Law on Waste Management, officially established in 2009 and the Amendments to the Law on Waste Management (2016).

According to National Waste Management Strategy, establishing 27 waste management regions in Serbia for the purpose of municipal waste management is regarded.  The collection of MSW in the Republic of Serbia is done by Municipaly owned Communal Companies and predominantly based on the collection of mixed waste. The proportion of the population falling under an organized collection system in Serbia is around 60–65%.

Municipalities in Eastern Serbia (City of Zaječar and the municipalities of Majdanpek, Negotin, Kladovo, Bor, Knjaževac and Boljevac) agreed to cooperate on municipal waste management and have signed the Joint Municipal Waste Management Agreement in 2014. They have established Joint Coordination Committee in order to lead the Project implementation. Regional Development Agency Eastern Serbia - RARIS manages the Project implementation, and performs tasks for the Coordination Committee in cooperation with the competent services of the signatories of the Agreement and the relevant ministries.

Eastern Serbia

Population – 228.938
Territory – 6.606 km2
Number of households - 83.068
Persons per household – 2,74
Number of settlements - 238
Urban population – 54,54%
Rural population – 45,46%

The goal of the Project is a construction of a Regional Centre for Municipal Waste Management in Halovo.

In this way, the beneficiaries of the project want to achieve the following objectives:

  • minimization/reduction of waste, reduction of resources consumpted and minimization of harmful characteristics of waste,
  • increased utilization of waste or reuse of products for the same or other purposes, recycling and waste treatment in order to obtain raw materials for production, composting organic waste, use of waste as a fuel for energy production, etc,
  • treatment of the municipal waste in accordance with the Law and regulations,
  • achievement of other objectives set in the National Waste Management Strategy.

Implementation of the Project is done in close cooperation with the Ministry for environment.

Project data

Quantities of generated waste in the project region



Measured t/week


Total waste collected for the all municipalities (whole region) t/year


Generated kg/inhabitant per day


Generated kg/inhabitant per year


Total waste generated for the all municipalities (whole region) t/year


No. of people served


Coverage of the population by municipal services in percentage



Composition of waste (more than 3%)

Garden waste


Other biodegradable waste








PET bottles


plastic bags




Fine elements <10mm


Current activities and next steps

  • Determined location of the Regional Centre for Municipal Waste Management “Halovo” is next to the existing landfill near Zajecar.
  • Detailed regulation plan „Halovo“ was officially adopted.
  • Regional Waste Management Plan, Agreement for its implementation and the Regional Waste Management Plan Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment are under preparation by Faculty for Technical Science from Novi Sad. It is expected that documents will be finalized and adopted by Municipalities by the middle of 2018.
  • City of Zajecar will buy the missing part of land for the Regional Centre for Municipal Waste Management
  • Project will be implemented through PPP – Public Private Partnership, according to the Serbian Law on Public Private Partnership and concessions and the Law on Public Procurement.
  • Public call for PPP is expected to be launched by the end of 2018.






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