Waste management: EU tackles waste problem
15 June 2010
Dziennik Gazeta Prawna
The EU is waging a war against waste and threatening with harsh penalties those who fail to introduce an effective waste pick-up, disposal, and recycling system by end-2010. According to Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Poland is one of the few member states that have not even introduced the necessary regulations yet. Between 2011-2020, EU countries are to significantly reduce their waste output as well as boosting recycling levels. "The stragglers will face penalties. The maximum will be 200,000 EUR per day," warns the Warsaw daily. Some 120 million tonnes of waste annually finds its way into municipal waste dumps in EU member states, which represents about a half of the community’s total waste output. The other half is disposed of, for example in incineration plants. Many countries produce power this way. In Poland, however, the very term ‘incineration plant’ usually causes loud protests in the local community. In the last couple of years, several incineration plants were to be built in Poland with the EU’s support. None have actually materialized because the plans were fiercely opposed by local residents afraid of environmental pollution and harmful gas emissions.