The Czech Republic is among the top five EU countries in waste sorting. Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlíček said that the government cabinet is launching a massive promotion of recycling by changing legislation, incentives, and financial support for investment.
CZK 4.4bn has been allocated for recycling in the National Recovery Plan (NRP). The NPO also includes funding for recycling infrastructure and circular solutions in companies.
The country already is one of the lowest generators of waste in the EU and this initiative should help strengthen its position among states that aim to produce as little waste as possible and recycle majority of the rest.
Every year, more than 6,000 kilotons of waste are produced in Prague. With regard to the environment, the capital strives for its thorough processing in the system of waste management, which serves citizens and companies.
Waste in Prague is collected using container posts, curbside collection, and permanent drop-off centres. About 99% of households use the system of container posts with recycling stations where you bring and separate your waste.
The collection is provided by four specialized companies. The frequency of pick-up ranges from once every 14 days to 7 times a week.
Since 2020, Prague has been expanding its services in the area of biowaste collection with a city-wide container collection of plant biowaste in brown containers.
Since 2020, the service of collection of biowaste is benefited by almost 50% thanks to the patronage of Prague City Hall. Further information can be found on a new website dedicated to biowaste in Prague.
At the moment, there are 16 collection yards in operation. There, citizens can dispose (under the supervision of the staff) of selected types of waste – basically, any waste other than mixed waste can be handed in at the collection yards, including bulky waste, biowaste, wood, construction waste up to 1m3 per month, metal trash, hazardous waste, or discarded electrical equipment as part of product take-back.
All types of waste can be handed in free of charge (except for tires).
All of the listed collection yards are open from 8:30 to 18:00 (17:00 in the winter) on the weekdays and 8:30 to 15:00 on Saturdays. At the collection yard, it is always necessary to prove yourself with a valid ID card (with permanent residence in Prague).