Poland: New law to halt hazardous garbage stashing, fires

The new legislation is to tighten regulations for running and monitoring garbage dumps and landfills.

26 June 2018 | 17:45

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 26 June 2018 | 17:45

(L-R) Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Slovakia's Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban stand together during a press conference at a meeting of the Visegrad Group (V4) in Budapest, Hungary, on June 21, 2018. (AFP Photo/ FERENC ISZA)

WARSAW, Poland: Poland's prime minister has proposed new legislation aimed at stopping garbage disposal businesses from stashing massive amounts of trash and getting rid of it through illegal fires.

The new legislation is to tighten regulations for running and monitoring garbage dumps and landfills. It will limit the time span and the amount of garbage that can be accumulated and will increase fines for breaches of law.

Parliament will debate the legislation at an extraordinary session Wednesday, in reaction to a recent string of fires that produced hazardous smoke and kept many residents indoors.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki says that if approved, the draft law could take effect Sept. 1.

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