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The Mayor of Sofia Yordanka Fandakova has visited the waste incineration plant in the Polish capital of Warsaw

Like Sofia, Warsaw has applied for co-funding from the European Commission

Warsaw is enlarging its incineration plant for the mixed municipal waste, generated by the city, by applying for funding from EU Programs. The plant currently in operation has a capacity of 60 000 tons per year, while the planned capacity of the new one should reach 305 000 tons per year. During a working visit in Warsaw the mayor of Sofia Yordanka Fandakova visited the incineration plant in the Polish capital and examined closely the prepared enlargement project.

Like Sofia, Warsaw has applied for joint funding from the European Commission. The projected cost of the Warsaw incineration plant enlargement project is 1 billion PLN or 500 million BGN.

“The current incineration plant was opened in 2000 and we had to address the concerns of a part of the population related to the plant’s operation and the air quality. The data now shows that there are no problems with the air quality, we can even say that the air is much cleaner than before. The residents of Kraków, Poznań, Bydgoszcz, where waste incineration plants have been built as well, have witnessed that there have been no problems at all” – stated Piotr Lehchzinski, head of the municipal company for waste management. The plant produces thermal and electric power and is operating using a dry system for flue gas cleaning.

Several more waste management facilities are in operation in Warsaw, and a plant for a mechanical-biological waste treatment was built, like the one constructed in Sofia in 2015. The company responsible for waste treatment in Warsaw is 100% owned by the Municipality, the same approach used in Sofia. There are around 120 facilities for mechanical-biological waste treatment in Poland. The facility at Warsaw is incinerating the mixed municipal waste, that has first gone through a process of separation.