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New waste segregation rules

published: 2019-01-03 10:56, mlan
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On 1 January 2019 a new municipal waste segregation system will be introduced based on 5 containers (metals and plastics, paper, bio, glass, mixed).


The changes awaiting Warsaw’s residents not only involve more waste fractions for a more thorough segregation but also a completely new bio-waste fraction, which includes kitchen waste, but without animal-origin waste, fat or bones.

The new waste segregation rules in Warsaw will be introduced step by step. A substantial part of the previously used containers will be relabelled, so please pay attention to the labels with the names of the fractions to be collected in the specific containers. As long as there are three containers in the bin shelters, the waste can be segregated according to the previous system. The transition to the new system may take a few weeks.

In the new system the waste previously held in the red container or the bag for “segregated dry waste” will be divided into two fractions:
•     “paper”  – the container with a blue label or a bag,
•    “metals and plastics” – the container with a yellow label or a bag.
The waste previously going to the black container for mixed waste will be divided into:
•    bio-waste – the container with a brown label or a bag,
•    mixed waste – which cannot be placed in any other container and is not hazardous waste (the container with a black label or the black bag).  

The five-container waste collection system – a detailed breakdown:
•    paper – the blue label (clean paper and cardboard packaging, newspapers, magazines and leaflets, cardboard, notebooks, office paper),
•    metals and plastics – the yellow label (empty packaging, squashed plastic bottles, bottle caps and jar lids, plastic packaging, bags, foil bags, juice and milk cartons (tetra pak), crushed beverage and food cans),
•    glass – the green label (empty glass packaging, glass bottles, jars, glass cosmetics packaging, empty glass drug packaging),
•    bio – the brown label (vegetable and fruit refuse, egg shells, coffee grounds and tea dregs, withered flowers and plants, food leftover excluding meat, bones and animal fat),
•    mixed – the black label (meat and bone residues, wet or dirty paper, used hygienic materials, including disposable nappies, gravel from litter trays for animals, pottery, broken glass and mirrors, textiles); the mixed waste container may only be used for the waste which cannot be placed in any of the mentioned containers for segregated waste or brought to a Selective Municipal Waste Collection Point (PSZOK).

In addition, in line with the Cleanliness and Order Regulations, real property owners must selectively collect green waste (the grey label on the container or the grey bag) and bulk waste (the orange label on the container or the designated place in the bin shelter).