Polish Incineration

Burn, Baby, Burn

Burn, Baby, Burn

A new waste incineration plant in Poznań will be able to detect heavy metals in waste as well as recycle the waste into material that can be used in the construction of roads. The proposals for the first municipal waste incineration plant in Poland, which is set to be built in Poznań in 2016, has been applauded across Europe. The Poznań plant will have the capacity to recycle approximately 210,000 tonnes of waste a year. The gases released through combustion will be cleaned using filters which will detect and eliminate 99% of all dust and heavy metals. Some by-products will be used in the construction of roads whereas other waste products will be stored safely away. The cost of opening the facility, estimated at over PLN 725 million, is the largest Public-Private Partnership (PPP) investment in Poland. The construction will be co-financed by the European Union (PLN 352 million), the city of Poznań and a special company created to build and manage the plant, set up by the waste management company SITA in cooperation with Marguerite Fund, a fund specialising in financing PPPs. The investment has been lauded by experts at Project Finance Magazine. The plant has already been awarded the European Project Award for the new structure of funding which has brought innovation onto the Polish market. What is more, the financing structure has also been honoured by the European Commission, a good sign for other Polish cities. The EU prefers and often willingly co-finances PPP investments. Similar waste incineration plants are soon to be built in Łódź and Gdańsk with many other Polish cities soon to follow. In Germany and France, approximately 40% of municipal waste is incinerated while a further 40% is recycled. The rest is stored. However, in Poland 80% of waste is dumped in landfills.

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