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Facts and myths

Myth: The incineration plant is too big
Fact: The environmental effect of the incineration plant will be achieved at the capacity level of 162,000 tons of municipal waste per year. Calculations contained in the Feasibility Study, subject to assessment by specialist organisations such as National Fund for Environment Protection and Water Management, Ministry of Regional Development, Ministry of Justice or JASPERS, confirm that the waste coming to the plant from Bydgoszcz, Toruń and 16 neighbouring districts covered by the project is adequate in terms of quality and quantity. Estimated amount of waste from the said area for the year 2015 is over 306,000 tons. This figure will go up steadily in the subsequent years.

The incineration plant means higher waste removal bills
Fact: Costs of waste collection for treatment in the incineration plant will be much lower than the cost of waste neutralisation at dumps.
If the plant is not built (and EU waste management requirements are not met as a result), this will incur high penalties (amounting to millions PLN).







Estimated penalties (product of the fee amount and amounts of biodegradable waste not subject to treatment)






Social consultation was carried out improperly
Fact: The Round Table for Waste Treatment Issues was established as part of the social consultation featuring Bydgoskie Forum Ekologiczne (Bydgoszcz Environmental Forum) as  its participant, open consultation meetings with local residents were held, presentation was given at the City Councils of Bydgoszcz and Toruń, a simplified survey was conducted among residents in which respondents were asked to provide their opinion on the proposed project (survey sample of 1184 people), two visits were organised for residents of Bydgoszcz and Toruń to the existing incineration plants in Germany and France. In addition, the investor, subsequent to the social consultation until November 2010, met several times with representatives of the local community, including members of Bydgoskie Forum Ekologiczne (Bydgoszcz Environmental Forum), Koło Łowiecke “Leśnik 3” (Hunting Association) and STE Silesia from Opole. Ultimately, Supreme Administrative Court on 23 November 2010 rejected all complaints regarding the project filed by the above organisations during the social consultation.

Plant location is wrong
Fact: Project location in the Bydgoszcz Industrial Park is an outcome of the multi-criteria expert analysis. Respective locations were assessed in terms of legal, technical, social, environmental and economic criteria. Energetyczna street in Bydgoszcz was unacceptable for residents of Łęgnowo, which was taken into account by the investor. Prądocińska street received the worst assessment in economic terms. This location required e.g. high outlays on developing power and heat infrastructure, which could not be financed from EU funds.

Location in the Bydgoszcz Industrial Park:

  • no immediate proximity of residential buildings (over 3 km from estates)
  • optimal from an economic and environmental perspective
  • may attract potential investments due to BIP presence
  • area not protected due to wildlife or historic buildings
  • all legal requirements related to plot are met.

Plant will pollute the environment
Fact: Europeans see the potential of incineration plants. Europe-wide, over 400 waste incineration plants are being successfully operated. These facilities are even located in National Parks (Sweden) or city centres (Vienna). MWTTP in Bydgoszcz will be a safe and the most advanced facility of this type, meeting the stringent environment protection requirements. Emissions level will be subject to constant monitoring and monitoring data will be made available to residents on a regular basis. The plant is a green project. It will not only solve the problem of waste disposal but provide renewable energy.

All waste will be burnt
Fact: Waste will only be burnt in the incineration plant following selective collection, segregation and recycling. The plant will be part of the advanced waste management system and will not replace other forms of waste management. Waste will continue to be sorted and recycled. To increase recycling and selective collection as part of the Project, a major educational campaign will be carried out. A composting facility will be built for 4,000 tons of biodegradable waste as part of the Project on the premises of the Waste Treatment Facility at Prądocińska street in Bydgoszcz,