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Social consultation

Under law, social consultation concerning construction of the facility is the responsibility of the City Council in Bydgoszcz. ProNatura was a co-participant in the consultation process.

 

  • Round Table was established and interested social groups were invited to take part in it – non-governmental environmental organisations – statutorily concerned with the issues of environment protection, including waste management; associations and civic organisations operating on the premises where the project is to be located; members of local district councils, opinion leaders from social and political circles, experts representing academic and trade specific environments in the field of environment protection and waste management, Non-Governmental Environmental Organisations, representatives of Councils of Local Districts relevant for potential location of MWTTP, administrative clerks with various seniority, Councillors, representatives of boroughs neighbouring potential locations of MWTTP, businesspeople.
  • Press conference on proposed changes in waste management in Bydgoszcz and Toruń and on the proposed undertaking attended by local media was held on 6 October 2008.
  • Open consultation meetings were held separately for each of the proposed locations in rooms/facilities located as close as possible to residents’ homes. Participants gave their opinions on the proposed project and voiced objections. Many of the questions and doubts concerned the technology to be applied in municipal waste burning which were answered by experts in charge of the presentation. Many fears concerned potential location of MWTTP. Participants in the consultation objected to the project’s location at Energetyczna street. These opinions were taken into account by the investor. Residents were also provided free transport to the area where the project is to be located.
  • Presentation was given at the City Councils in Bydgoszcz and Toruń concerning the results of the strategic assessment of the target waste management system for the Bydgoszcz and Toruń Metropolitan Area, providing options for the location of MWTTP. On 23-24 September 2008, two meetings were held with the Committees of the Bydgoszcz City Council, i.e. Committee for Municipal Services and Committee for Area Management. The above meetings included multimedia presentation of conclusions from the document “Strategic Feasibility Assessment for the Target Municipal Waste Management System for the Bydgoszcz and Toruń Metropolitan Area, including options for the location of the Municipal Waste Thermal Treatment Plant”. The presentation was followed by discussions on whether or not the project was justified. The Commission for Municipal Services and Environment Protection stated a positive unanimous decision on the “bill on actions by the Mayor of Bydgoszcz in the matter of joint preparation of an undertaking consisting in construction of the Municipal Waste Thermal Treatment Plant for Bydgoszcz and Toruń Metropolitan Area”.
  • Sociological investigation was conducted – a simplified survey among residents to see their opinions on the proposed undertaking involving a random sample of residents (1184 people). Survey questions concerned construction of MWTTP and location possibilities.
  • “Green energy – look into the future” workshops for teachers were held on 26 September and 24 November 2008 at the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Centre for Environmental Education.
  • Two visits for residents of Bydgoszcz and Toruń to the existing European incineration plants in Germany and France were organised.


The result of the social consultation:

 

  • Residents (from potential locations) participating in consultation meetings on the waste burning technology gained a better understanding of the issue, which was clearly visible at the next meetings – more subject-specific questions and less irrelevant ones.
  • Less fear among the participants about the incineration plant. At the second meeting, residents were of the opinion that the plant was acceptable.
  • Media attention spread the knowledge of the project further among the public.
  • Trust among the Members of Councils for the potential project rose and general acceptance for the incineration plant was given.
 
 
 
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