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Capital clean up campaign in Warsaw

  • The city of Warsaw is organising an environmental awareness program for its inhabitants, focusing on recycling and waste management. Less than 40% of Warsaw households have systems for waste segregation and recycling.

    The EEA Grants supports the project "Warsaw - the capital of cleanliness", which is run by the City of Warsaw's Environment Protection Department in cooperation with the Waste Management Authority of the City of Oslo.

    The project aims to raise environmental awareness by encouraging the public to recycle plastic, paper, glass and electrical waste. Special emphasis is placed on including children and young people through educational campaigns and competitions in Warsaw schools. This year, the city will include 36,000 pupils in organising the Warsaw recycling days.

    A number of recycling points has now been set up throughout the city and electrical waste from all districts of the city is collected every week. In addition, municipal pharmacies have set up a system for returning old drugs and medicines. Next year, the project will organise a conference for local authorities in Poland, as well as national campaigns on recycling plastic, paper and glass.

    The project also aims to educate the wider public about the common responsibility for keeping the city's streets and meeting places safe and clean. Billboards encouraging dog owners to clean up after their dogs have been set up throughout the city, and more than 500,000 dog waste bags have been distributed.

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    Project title:

    Warsaw – the Capital of Cleanliness

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Environment and sustainable development


    € 682,463



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    Capital City of Warsaw

    Type of institution:

    Local authority

    Project duration:

    31 months

    Project cost:

    € 1,046,370

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    EEA Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    27 November 2008

    The purpose of the Project is to raise level of knowledge on environment protection, in particular on the selective waste collection, in the city of Warsaw, with the overall objective of reducing the negative impacts local community waste has on the environment. Reference is made to the application dated 14 April 2008, and any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The Project shall consist of the following activities and results:

    1) Organisation of conferences, training and seminars

    2) Implementation of a media and information campaign encouraging selective waste collection,

    3) Implementation of a school program of ecological education;

    4) Bilateral relations and participation in annual ecological fairs;

    5) Project promotion;

    6) Project management and evaluation.

    The Project Promoter is the City of Warsaw. Subject to national law the Project shall be implemented in partnership with Renovasjonsetaten (Norwegian Agency for Waste Management) in Oslo and Liga Ochrony Przyrody (Environmental Protection League) in Poland.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Project Promoter provides at least 15 percent of the total eligible Project costs.