Hungary in danger of being overrun by foreign waste, says opposition

If it is left up to the government, Hungary will be overrun by waste from other countries, the group leader of opposition LMP said on Wednesday.

Addressing an online press conference in the town of Tamasi, in western Hungary, Laszlo Lorant Keresztes said several thousand cubic metres of plastic waste from Italy had been dumped in the area, some 200 metres from the closest residential area.

Though a Budapest-based company has been given a permit to process the waste, there is as yet no sign that it was being processed, Keresztes said, adding that the company was not even connected to the public utility grids and had not observed basic fire safety regulations.

Keresztes blamed the “flawed legal environment” and procedures for the company in question being given the permit to process the waste. After the opposition’s victory in next year’s election, the new government will have to review the relevant laws and new ones that apply stricter punishments in such cases, he said.

Attila Toth of the Democratic Coalition criticised the Tamasi local council for its silence on the issue and called for immediate steps to remove the waste.

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