„After the arrival of world renown brands in Serbia, like Fiat, Swarowski, Jura, Leoni, we are facing the huge quantity of industrial waste which remains on the territory of our country, which actually is not the waste, but becomes the material which may be reused in small and medium enterprises“, indicates Siniša Mitrović, ecological consultant in the Serbian Chamber of Commerce (PKS).
„Today, we have companies which make construction panel from waste milk carton and which is very useful and quality, which means that the cycle of circular economy from the waste to the finished product is initiated“, said Mitrović on the meeting called „Circular economy as the opportunity for Serbian development“.
Serbian industry, as she said, is injected with circular economy tools, in order to actuate investment cycle and create the market for secondary raw materials which is ultimately necessary for our industry. As he also indicated, SCC is encouraged with the process for small and medium enterprises in Serbia to recognize that the waste originated in large industries may be raw material for their production, while manufacturing of the product made of recycled material could have significant impact to the reduction of imported components in our country.
Due to inadequate waste treatment, due to impact of climate changes, due to accidents which are happening, Serbia, as he also says, annually loses over 250 million euros, which is, according to his words, serious money which is necessary to our economy.
„I assume that only through good waste management, usage of recycled components, power supply safety, and renewable sources, we could increase the growth of GDP for one percent per annum“, said Mitrović.
According to his words, accession of the circular economy program and good waste management into the Government reforms is actually the key for the progress of Serbian economy. Department chief of the Ministry of agriculture for waste management, Radmila Šerović, as well as Ivana Radosavljević from the same Ministry were also indicated to the importance of the protection of the environment and usage of the waste as the resource.
Strategic targets of the relevant Ministry are, as they explained, extension of the product life span, more raw materials, reduction of waste disposal, as well as construction of regional sanitary landfills. Recycling in Serbia, as indicated by Šerović, has been improved and now is on the level of approx. 18-20 % considering recycling of all sorts of waste. Šerović has also emphasized that Serbia progresses pretty faster in some fields than the countries in the region.
Project leader GIZ IMPACT, Klaus Šmit, has said that Germany not only educates Serbia in the field of circular economy, but this is the field in which both countries may have benefits. „Serbian industry is in the transition“, said Šmit, indicating that in Serbia there are companies which decompose electronic waste, which is, as he says, „chance for the development of the circular economy“.