Poland improved in terms of recycling: EU official

The European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella praised Poland’s noticeable improvements in its recycling and waste treatment policy.

“As many as one-third of Poland’s waste is being recycled in the country – this indicates an improvement,” Mr Vella told Poland’s “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” daily, adding that this result is still below EU average of 46 percent.

Nevertheless, Poland has made remarkable improvements starting from recycling a mere five percent of its municipal waste in 2006, growing sevenfold to as many as 35 percent in 2018, EU’s statistical agency Eurostat data reads.

Furthermore, Eurostat data of 2016 show that Poland has improved its packaging waste recycling from 28.3 in 2004 to 55.4 percent in 2014, slightly over EU average at 55 percent.

Moreover, Poles and Romanians produce the least amount of municipal waste per capita. Recent data found that Romania is the least littering member of the EU with its 272 kg of garbage per capita yearly. Poland came next with only 315 kg of trash produced per citizen annually, something that stands in stark comparison with other European states such as Denmark which produces 781 kg of garbage per capita yearly.

The EU data also confirmed that Poland has lowered its water pollution with sulphur and nitrogen oxygens and also particulate matter (suspended atmospheric dust - P10). Above that, the country has managed to keep a decreasing trend in water pollution with waste from extractive industry, metal production and manufacturing and also from non-metallic materials.

Poland has also increased its tertiary-type treatment from 4.1 percent in 1995 to 58.9 percent in 2015. Tertiary treatment is the final cleaning process that improves wastewater quality before it is reused, recycled or discharged to the environment. The treatment removes remaining inorganic compounds, and substances, such as the nitrogen and phosphorus.