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Poland won’t take UK garbage any more

Poland won't take UK garbage any more

Racing to meet an EU recycling target, the waste market in Poland is booming. But Warsaw is increasingly fed up with illegally imported foreign waste, much of it from the UK.

  • Jo Harper
  • Deutsche Welle

Poland has become a dumping ground for UK plastic waste and a so-called trash mafia has allegedly grown up to manage its illegal incineration.

Poland’s Deputy Minister of the Environment, Slawomir Mazurek, promised recently that the government would come down hard on illegal incineration of imported plastic waste.

Poland’s 10 energy-from-waste plants, he said, can handle domestic waste and imports from the…

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