Poland being 'flooded' by illegal German rubbish

13th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

13 July 2006, WARSAW - European Union newcomer Poland is being "flooded" by some 500,000 tons of waste illegally hauled into Poland from older, wealthier EU states each year, Poland's chief waste management official said Thursday in Warsaw.

13 July 2006

WARSAW - European Union newcomer Poland is being "flooded" by some 500,000 tons of waste illegally hauled into Poland from older, wealthier EU states each year, Poland's chief waste management official said Thursday in Warsaw.

"Poland is being flooded by other people's waste," President of Poland's Chamber for Waste Management (PIGO) Dariusz Matlak said, quoted by the Polish PAP news agency.

Matlak said Germany was the most serious offender, followed by Austria, Italy and the Netherlands.

Police recently found a huge illegal dump of tyres from Germany in Poland's southern Silesian coal region, Matlak revealed by way of example.

While some 500,000 tons of foreign garbage are disposed of legally in Poland each year, just as much is smuggled into and dumped against the law in a bid to slash the costs of waste disposal, he said.

Matlak explained that the price of getting rid of garbage in wealthier EU states has soared with the introduction of stringent regulations on waste disposal and storage. In EU newcomer Poland, where such regulations do not yet apply, these costs are around 10 times lower, he says.

German, Italian, Austrian and Dutch garbage is therefore deluging municipal dumps across Poland.

"This is a very profitable business, both for foreign and Polish businessmen, but it's illegal," Matlak warned.

DPA

Subject: German news

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