Poland has accused Germany of illegally transporting and dumping a staggering 35,000 tonnes of rubbish within Polish borders. This shocking revelation comes as Poland’s deputy chief inspector of environmental protection, Magda Gosk, sheds light on the alleged misconduct.
A hearing convened by the European Commission in Brussels on Wednesday addressed Poland’s formal complaint against Germany concerning the improper disposal of illegal waste. During a press conference preceding the hearing, Magda Gosk outlined the grave concerns surrounding this incident.
Gosk emphasized that one of the most common methods for illicit waste transportation involves disguising it under the guise of legitimate documentation. She explained that, in this particular case, waste categorized as municipal refuse was deceitfully transported under the label of “green waste,” which typically refers to recyclable raw materials legally transferable between European Union member states.
“The use of falsified documents, which were blatantly inconsistent with the actual contents of the shipments, is the core issue here,” Gosk asserted. “These documents declared the transported material as raw materials, whereas, in reality, it was nothing more than ordinary rubbish.”
Furthermore, Gosk disclosed the clandestine disposal practices commonly associated with such illegal waste transfers. “Typically, this sort of rubbish is surreptitiously transported to remote and uninhabited locations, often temporary rented warehouses, barns, or even open fields, where it is clandestinely discarded,” she elaborated.
Poland is now pressing Germany to take immediate action and remove the illegally dumped waste from Polish territory. This environmental dispute underscores the importance of transparent waste management practices and cooperation among EU member states to ensure the proper disposal of waste materials and protect the environment for future generations.