Polish firms defend plastics-to-fuel subsidy

Ending of tax exemption for conversion of waste to liquid fuels will only boost landfilling, industry warns

Associations of Polish chemical, petrol, and recycling industries are trying to convince the country's finance ministry not to scrap an excise duty exemption for liquid fuels produced from soiled plastic waste.

The industry claims that without the exemption, 40,000 tonnes of waste plastics that are being recycled into approximately 30,000 tonnes petrol and diesel oil fuel annually would once more go to landfill, and that 4,000 jobs would be lost. Recovery of soiled plastics for other purposes is unlikely to develop because it is too expensive, they say.

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