The first recycling station for the residents of Warsaw opened
On the 11th of October Warsaw's first public recycling station, Stena Ekostacja, opened. The opening was under the patronage of The President of Warsaw and the Embassy of Sweden, and was attended by President Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz and Ambassador Staffan Herrström. The recycling station will accept various raw materials, electronic waste, large-sized waste and hazardous waste.
Today 90 percent of all Polish household waste is put on landfills which is not only bad for the environment but bad for the economy as well. The value of Polish household waste, just seen as fuel, is said to amount to 4 billion zloty. Each Varsovian produces 360 kg of waste each year on average, of which at least 80 percent can be recycled.
In his speech during the opening ceremony the Ambassador Staffan Herrström pointed out:
Stena Ekostacja is built on the basis of Scandinavian experience in organizing and maintaining waste collection points and is a good example of how to combine good ecology and good economy. Poland's process towards a more resource efficient economy has already started, not least with the new legislation which has moved the responsibility for waste and recycling to the local level. Through Stena Ekostacja, Warsaw residents get a chance to get involved in the process of reusing valuable resources.
The Swedish embassy is happy to see a Swedish company like Stena Recycling at the forefront of this process and hopes that Ekostacja will be a benefit to everyone.
To read the Ambassador's full speech please click here.
Pictures from the opening can be found here.
For more information about the opening ceremony please visit the Ambassador´s blog.