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This summer we’ve hosted a workshop called Storytelling Through Photography.
A part of the workshop was us remembering how to tell stories more deliberately, and another part was looking at photographs that had tales of their own to tell. The third part was us going out into the city and capturing its essence through the lens of our own attention:
What do I notice about these streets ?
What stories does the city tell me, if I slow down enough to listen ?
At first the assignment seemed forced and artificial ~ living in the 21st century, most of us have mastered the reflex of taking & sharing pictures of everything that could be remotely interesting. I almost felt like it was too easy. At first I took the habitual pictures of the most visited tourist spots, the most “instagramable” areas, the most recognizable landmarks… yet for all their visual appeal, they didn’t quite tell me a story.
I started wandering into the smaller streets and slowing my pace until my attention shifted to the smaller details. The texture of the stone walls, the smell of clean laundry drying overhead, the faint sound of someone’s grumpy grandma, the quirky drawings on the filled window frame.
The plants that insist on growing in the silliest places:
The cult-like following of soccer, somehow woven in with the city’s saint:
The more I walked around, the louder the streets spoke to me.
The conversation got more genuine, more intimate.
During the season there are thousands of things & experiences sold as “Authentic Dalmatian”, yet I think that most visitors will never get to see this place for what it is.
The real Dalmatia shines through the places that didn’t get polished up for the summer.
Like this door:
To me, this door perfectly captures the feeling of what it’s like to be here on daily basis.
The old, ornate metal design showing the rich historical heritage, the mold – a show of outdated mentalities. The metal sill added to the bottom of the door – the culture of “quick fixes”, and the undying belief in the evils of promaja (draft).
The “mail slot” is the ridiculous amount of innovation and creativity directed by locals at the most insane things. The name handwritten above it – the bold statement of ownership, as Croatia slowly regains her identity.
The fact that this radically messy, old door full of character is still there is an amazing testament to the region’s resilience despite all of its struggles.
And the fact that this door is right around the corner from the polished, busy tourist area is a delightful reminder that “Authentic Dalmatia” does exist ~ and is accessible to curious eyes and attentive ears.
It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally put together the last, most comprehensive overview of recycling in Split. If you haven’t been following along on social media, myself and a few other expats (Michael Freer & Tash Pericic) have been looking into the reality of waste management in Split and area.
There’s tons of misinformation floating around ~ there are rumors that recycling in Croatia is largely a wasted effort, which discourage locals from doing their part. If you haven’t already, you can read about our first visit to Cistoca (local waste management agency) here, and you can find our follow-up with a private recycling company here.
Turns out there are all the right facilities in place, and this article will address the practical details of recycling in Split & area to help you do your due diligence.
You’d be surprised, but turns out you can recycle anything from photographic film to milk & juice cartons (eg. tetra pak), styrofoam (!), foam/packing peanuts, metals, tires, cans (from your canned vegetables & sauces), etc.
And no, not in some utopian world where we all wish we were living – but right here in Split.
As we’ve addressed in the first article, Cistoca has hundreds of recycling bins waiting to be filled. The problem is that the streets of Split are already too narrow, and Cistoca is having a hard time getting permissions from Gradski Kotar to take up space for more recycling bins. In most neighborhoods, all they manage to provide are paper & plastic containers, in addition to regular waste bins.
Despite the above issue, there are areas where Cistoca was able to provide containers for more types of recyclables. Here’s a map from the cistoca website that shows the locations of glass, tetrapak (eg. milk & juice cartons), plastic and paper containers (in the order shown). The areas that show a bigger concentration of those bins are called “green islands”, and if there’s one near you, you’re welcome to drop off your recyclables there! The current collection schedule is as follows (although it can be changed throughout the year):
Mondays and Thursdays – plastic
Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – paper
Wednesdays – tetrapack
There are also 2 recycling units that get moved around Split – one is currently located on Sibenska 56, and the other one in Strožanac – and there you can recycle anything from the more common types of waste to toners, batteries, and pharmaceutical waste.
*Please note that those are mobile units and they are moved around Split to facilitate recycling in various neighborhoods. You’re always welcome to call Cistoca (0 800 0021) to confirm the units’ location if you don’t find them at the above addresses.
If you have even more specific recycling needs, you can take your waste to the recycling area adjacent to the Karepovac landfill. There are many more bins there for recycling anything from detergents & machine oils, to tires, pesticides, construction materials, metals, electronic waste, textiles, oils & fats, etc. Karepovac is open between 6.00 – 13.30.
We understand that sometimes life gets in the way, and going out of your way to recycle might not make it into your daily to-do list. Luckily, there are still lots of options for you.
But please, do NOT put your other recyclables into the paper bin. If the paper gets wet & dirty, it is no longer recyclable. If you’re not certain about something, you can always leave it by the side of the recycling bins, and when Cistoca personnel collect the waste, they’ll sort it appropriately.
There’s much more to this conversation, and we’ll continue to develop it over time. For now, I’d like to leave you with just one thought: we often use the phrase “to throw away” – phrasing it that way gives us a bit of relief, and a sense of completion to that piece of waste’s life. But where do you think “away” is?
One of the most striking things that we’ve experienced while looking into waste management, is that ‘away’ doesn’t exist. “Away” is either a landfill, or a recycling bin with a hopeful final destination.
So please, before you throw something “away”, be aware of where it’s going – is there any way you can up-cycle this article to give it a new life? Is there any way you can compost it for fertilizer, or re-cycle it to be transformed into something else?
And most importantly, think about that before you buy something: is that plastic bag really worth it? Can you buy the veggies that come without plastic packaging?
For more information, you can contact Cistoca at 0 800 0021.
Thank you all SO much for joining the conversation, and we look forward to many, many more.
Original article posted on Total Croatia News.
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