Another landfill burning in Poland

The fire of landfill in Mostki, central Poland, in early July. Photo: PAP arch./Grzegorz Michałowski

Firefighters are dealing with a landfill fire in Kiełcz, western Poland, that started on Sunday.

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The fire was noticed around noon. Several units from the fire department arrived on the scene at once. According to the fire department's spokesperson, the fire does not pose a danger to local residents and nobody was harmed.

“The fire started on a big pile of urban waste. The pile is not surrounded by any buildings. The fire caused smoke, but, thanks to the lack of wind, it is not dangerous for people. The landfill is located far from residential housing,” the representative of the local Fire Department told Polish Press Agency.

The cause of the fire remains unknown for now. The police will conduct the investigation after the fire is put out, which may take several hours.

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Burning landfills

It is not the first fire of landfill in recent months. So far, more than 60 cases of garbage dump fires have been reported in 2018, compared to 37 of such fires in 2017, according to Poland’s ministry of environment.

In late July, Polish President Andrzej Duda signed a legislative package intended to prevent importation and storage of harmful waste.

The legislative package amends two major acts governing waste disposal and environmental supervision by introducing a variety of measures aimed at preventing the uncontrolled importation and storage of waste; recent reports suggested that landfill owners in Poland may be earning millions by importing waste from other European countries.

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