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WE CAN'T AFFORD TO WASTE ANY MORE ENERGY ANDRZEJ WÓJCIK, Vice President of the SEFAKO Boiler Factory, expert of the Heat 2.0 parliamentary group, talks to “Polish Market.”

Recycling was meant to be the way to reduce waste management costs, wasn’t it? Whatever we buy, it is finely packed in plastic film, cardboard or various kinds of styrofoam. As a society, we generate huge amounts of waste, and more of it is going to be generated. Of course there is a will to PM

recycle and reuse as much of this waste as possible. Glass cullet ends up in glass furnaces where it is recycled. Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals are subject to constant recycling. However, in the case of plastics and other waste of this kind, in my opinion you need to be more rational than today.

Environmentalists would like to "recover" plastic waste. We should not be blinded by recycling, or try to recycle everything, or pretend to. Take, for example, a cup of yogurt. To process it, it must be clean. We must thus put it inside a dishwasher, or worse still, wash it in running hot water, while using a detergent. PM

It's an expensive solution to wash a plastic cup. You can count how much hot water is used, and thus how much CO2 is emitted into the air. Then the cup must be stored separately so that it does not get dirty again. But how many times can such a cup be recycled? Once or twice. It should not come into contact with food the second time around. You can make a flowerpot or another object with lower quality requirements from the material. After processing, each time the polyethylene and polypropylene polymer chains which make up the plastic get more and more brittle. They get torn, and finally a moment comes when the material is no longer of any use. This can happen the first time, the second time or the third time. PM

THE WHOLE WORLD INCINERATES WASTE IN A SAFE, ENVIRONMENTFRIENDLY AND, EQUALLY IMPORTANTLY, ECONOMICAL WAY.

But we seem to want to recycle everything these days. Only chemical energy stored in some forms of waste is valuable. The waste management system should be supplemented with energy recycling. Waste which due to its physical and chemical properties is not recyclable, should undergo energy recycling. In this way we can PM

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"Polish Market” is a prestigious English-language magazine published since 1996. In its pages, it promotes the Polish economy, businesses,...

Polish Market No.2-3 (293)/2020  

"Polish Market” is a prestigious English-language magazine published since 1996. In its pages, it promotes the Polish economy, businesses,...

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