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Report: Waste management in Poland

Challenges in view of EU requirements and legislative changes; public opinion and prospects


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We are pleased to present to you a report prepared jointly by Deloitte, Fortum and 4P research mix, a report that describes the current state and the prospects of waste management in Poland in view of European Union requirements and national legislative changes.

Municipal waste management is one of the most badly neglected and at the same time one of the most urgent environmental issues for Poland. The waste management system currently in place is not tight enough (what means that quantity of waste produced is greater than the quantity of waste collected), does not cover all people living in Poland and results in an excessive percentage of waste disposal to landfill when, at the same time, there is insufficient modern infrastructure and capacity for mechanical-biological and thermal treatment of waste.

The progress achieved so far in separate waste collection at source, recovery of energy and raw materials and recycling is not satisfactory.

The issue of proper waste management, in the context of changing legal environment and the
necessity to meet EU requirements, will pose a significant challenge to local governments in the nearest future. Municipalities will be required to take over greater responsibility for the functioning of the waste management system, including construction, maintenance and operation of waste treatment installations necessary to reduce the amount of landfill waste and to raise the level of waste recovery and recycling.

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