Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – these are our 3 Rs. We are a nation-wide coalition of citizens' associations, representatives, as well as ordinary citizens, with the vision of Czech waste management without further incinerators and landfills, the vision of waste management based on waste prevention and the highest possible waste recycling. Since 2012, the Pro 3R Coalition creates a counterbalance to politicians' and lobbyists' efforts to support incineration and landfilling of waste, and, with that, of valuable secondary raw materials and compostable components.

Joint Declaration of the Memebers of the Pro 3R Coalition (PDF)


The Pro 3R Coalition Supports:

  • Waste prevention
  • Increase of the waste recycling rate
  • Reuse of materials
  • Biowaste composting
  • Introduction of a deposit-refund system for PET bottles and beverage cans
  • Introduction of a fee for waste incineration, as in the case of its landfilling
  • Stricter measurements of toxic substances in the case of waste incinerators
  • Introduction of zero waste systems
  • Introduction of an eco-modulation system, i.e., economic advantages for products that are more environmentally friendly


The Pro 3R Coalition Does not Agree with:

  • Non-strategic construction of waste incinerators with excessive capacity, also in the case of facilities producing heat and/or electricity
  • Support of incinerators from public sources of financing
  • Restriction of rights of citizens, municipalities, and associations to participate in decision-making processes


On the Coalition

The Pro 3R Coalition is an informal grouping of citizens' associations, representatives, as well as ordinary citizens, who criticize an interest in construction of waste incinerators, facilities for energy recovery from waste, and similar facilities, in the Czech Republic, that has grown for several years. The coalition was formed in 2012, but its activities were reduced later. It was re-established in 2020, in particular in connection with discussion on amendments of two Acts crucial for waste management in the Czech Republic, namely Act on Waste and Act on Packaging.

The basic position of the Coalition, and reasons for its establishment, or re-establishment, respectively, are summarised in the Joint Declaration of its members. However, its name itself expresses well what are the individual members interested in primarily. The '3R' in the Coalition name is an abbreviation for the words 'reduce, reuse, recycle'. That is what we want to promote in relation to waste in particular.

The Coalition has knowledge and arguments in the field of sustainable waste management systems, as well as examples of good practice both from the Czech Republic and from foreign countries. The Coalition arranges contacts with Czech and foreign networks of associations with similar programmes. In the Coalition, we share experience with local campaigns and cases, news and current information in the field of waste management, and we submit comments and suggestions to strategic and legislative documents on the nation-wide level.

Joint Declaration of the Members of the Pro 3R Coalition (PDF)



Signatories of the Declaration and Members of the Coalition:

  • Veronika Basta, representative of the municipality Rovinka, Slovak Republic
  • Nikola Carić, chairman of the association Nádech, Ostrava
  • Jiří Čečka, representative of the association Spolek Vysoká
  • Vladimír Dvořák, deputy mayor of the municipality Srnojedy
  • Ladislav Hegyi, assistant of a Member of the European Parliament
  • Darek Horník, representative of the municipality Rybitví
  • Jan Hrubeš, representative of the town Most
  • Pavel Huspeka
  • Petr Kowanda
  • Ivo Kropáček, waste expert of Hnutí DUHA - Friends of the Earth Czech Republic
  • Jan Linhart, chairman of the association Zelená pro Pardubicko
  • Jiří Müller
  • Sarah Ožanová, project coordinator of the Toxics and Waste Programme of the Arnika Association
  • Jindřich Petrlík, head of the Toxics and Waste Programme of the Arnika Association
  • Michal Pokorný, chairman of the association Spolek Vysoká
  • Jiří Pykal, representative of the town Telč
  • Tomáš Richta, chairman of the basic organisation of the Green Party in Prague 2
  • Rostislav Řeha, deputy mayor of the municipal district Moravská Ostrava a Přívoz
  • Edvard Sequens, chairman of the association Calla – Sdružení pro záchranu prostředí, České Budějovice
  • Miloslava Štěrbová, representative of the association Spolek občanů Permanent, Nymburk
  • Michal Tancoš, representative of the server

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The Pro 3R Coalition is an informal grouping of citizens' associations, representatives, as well as ordinary citizens. The Coalition is not a legal personality.

The Coalition contact person is Sarah Ožanová from the non-profit organisation Arnika - Toxics and Waste Programme., 774 406 825