Poland dumps old garbage system for greener setup

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With too many people chucking their garbage into neighbors’ bins - or worse, the woods - to avoid paying for disposal, Poland has taken on a massive overhaul of its laissez-faire waste management system, AFP reported. The new greener setup will lower the incentive to litter by requiring everyone to pay a municipal disposal tax for a service that up to now has been left up to each household to coordinate. Starting July 1, municipalities - and not individual households - will be responsible for coordinating garbage collection and recycling for their district as a whole. Most are expected to hold tenders to contract out the services. Households will pay a monthly tax calculated by each municipality based on its criteria of choice: number of residents, home square footage, water usage, flat rate. According to the Eurostat, though Poland generates less municipal waste per person than the EU average, of the 315 kilograms (695 pounds) of waste each Pole produced in 2011, 60 kilograms wound up as litter.

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