Three British waste disposal companies have been under investigation by the UK's Environment Agency (EA) for sending 1,000 tons of falsely labelled recyclable waste to Poland and there are likely many more cases to come.
Deputy Minister of the Environment Slawomir Mazurek said the government would be hard on illegal incineration of waste in Poland. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki even threatened to ban the import of waste until the system was adapted to achieve its goals.
The global economy consumes much more resources than it is able to replenish or reuse. The issue of decoupling economic growth from the consumption of resources is becoming a key element of the development policies in many countries.
The costs of waste collection are rapidly increasing in dozens of Polish cities and municipalities as a result of the European Union's policy and the reform of the waste management system adopted in 2013.
According to the new guidelines of the European Commission, the share of recycled municipal waste will increase to 65 per cent. The EC announced that the EU will become a global leader in waste management and processing of recyclable materials.