The City of Trogir joins the fight against plastic pollution in the Mediterranean

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30 October 2020

Trogir, Croatia, 30 October 2020 - After Dubrovnik, the City of Trogir is the second Croatia city to say “NO” to plastic pollution and to join WWF’s global Plastic Smart City Initiative. The engagement is signed ahead of World Cities day (31 October) to highlight the key role of cities and local communities in fast-tracking innovative and scalable solutions to global issues like plastic pollution and climate change.
The association Sunce Split, in cooperation with WWF, will support the City of Trogir in fulfilling its commitment to reduce its overall plastic footprint and the use of unnecessary and single-use plastic. Solutions will be identified and developed to reduce plastic waste and implement measures to stop the leakage of plastic waste into nature by 2030. The city of Trogir and Dubrovnik will strongly contribute to identify and implement innovative solutions and lead the way for other communities in Croatia and in the region to fight plastic pollution
The Mediterranean is one of the most polluted seas in the world by plastic. It is estimated that around 4kT of plastic enters the Mediterranean from Croatia, and up to half of this waste makes its way back to pollute Croatian coastlines. Croatia generates 400k Tonnes of plastic waste each year or 96 kg of plastic per capita. Among the 22 Mediterranean countries in the region, Croatia is the tenth-highest manufacturer of plastic products with the third highest per capita waste generation in the region. Tourism is a key sector in this waste generation, increasing waste substantially in summer months. Therefore, it is very important to mobilise local authorities, the tourism industry and also citizens and tourists to take urgent action to reduce plastic consumption and protect the Mediterranean Sea.
In the next 18 months, Sunce, WWF and the city will carry out extensive research and a baseline analysis to assess the main gaps and problems associated with plastic pollution, across all stages of the plastic life cycle,  and develop a plan of actions to ensure they are addressed. Workshops and public events will also be organised to help raise citizen awareness on the causes and impact of plastic pollution to the environment, the marine and terrestrial ecosystems, as well as human health.
By joining this project, the City of Trogir takes an important step in its pledge to tackle plastic pollution, a journey of environmental responsibility started in 2019 when the City of Trogir adopted the decision to ban the use of single-use plastic in the city administration premises.
The city of Trogir will be part of a network of Mediteranean and international Plastic Smart Cities that will jointly contribute to find scalable solutions to avoid single-use plastic and put in place reuse and recycling systems to ensure that no plastic enters into nature and our sea by 2030. The work in cities is part of WWF's campaign in the Mediterranean and globally to tackle plastic pollution