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Municipal Waste Company in the New Reality
March 1, 2013   
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The Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Oczyszczania (MPO) waste disposal company in Warsaw is the city’s leading company dealing with municipal waste management. Firmly established on the local market, MPO knows it like no other. Here is what the company’s CEO Sławomir Michalak said about MPO and its Integrated Waste Management System.

New regulations on waste management in Poland will take effect July 1. Is MPO ready to work under the new system?
The company has taken a number of steps to make sure it is a strong contender in bidding procedures on municipal services held in the future. We have modernized our regional facilities in Warsaw in order to adapt our warehouses, fleet and other equipment to the new requirements. For example, we have paved our depots and installed drainage systems in them. Keeping track of market developments in terms of innovation and technology, we make sure our fleet is always up to date by buying state-of-the-art and environmentally-friendly trucks. That way we are the local market leader when it comes to technology.

We have also been building an Integrated Waste Management System that will use effective, safe and environmentally-friendly installations to significantly reduce the amount of waste taken to landfills and help utilize energy contained in the waste.

We have experience working under the new system because we gained it while providing waste treatment services to Legionowo and Izabelin—two municipalities near Warsaw where the new waste management system is already in force, after it was chosen by the local residents in a referendum.

Do your company’s facilities and installations conform with the new requirements?
MPO in Warsaw has invested in cutting-edge and environmentally-friendly waste treatment technology and modernized its installations. As a result, the Radiowo composting plant and the incinerator in the Targówek district have been given regional facility status. This status is only awarded to facilities capable of collecting waste from at least 120,000 residents and of thermally processing solid municipal waste or conducting mechanical and biological processing of mixed waste, as well as of selectively processing green waste or storing waste produced during processing.

The modernized composting plant is one of Poland’s most technologically advanced mechanical biological treatment plants with the Best Available Techniques (BAT). It enables mechanical waste separation, biological stabilization and storage of industrial byproducts.

As a socially responsible enterprise, MPO has been working to reclaim the Radiowo landfill in Warsaw, aiming to convert it into a skiing slope and a recreational area.


“Everything we do, we do to make sure that waste produced in Warsaw is managed in a responsible and environmentally-friendly way.”

Sławomir Michalak, chairman of the board at MPO in Warsaw
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