Wrocław City Council are organising a series of public consultations regarding proposed measures to cut the city's smog problem.
Research has found Poland to be one of the most polluted countries in Europe, with Krakow and Katowice both in the continent's top ten most polluted cities (alongside 4 other Polish cities). Statistics from Numbeo.com also show Wroclaw as having a high level of air pollution.
Although emissions caused by coal power plants and car traffic are contributing to the pollution, many see the toxins released when individuals burn rubbish in their fireplaces as being the major culprit. Wroclaw City Council have measures in place to severely fine people who burn rubbish in their homes, however the ban is proving rather challenging to enforce.
A number of anti-smog measures are being considered at the moment, including a 6 year exchange scheme that would allow people to replace their coal powered heating system with a gas one. A ban on burning coal or wood could even be implemented according to Gazeta Wrocławska.
The city are nonetheless wary of a potential backlash against any of the proposed measures. For this very reason they have organised four opportunities for the public to gather and express their concerns about the introduction of any of the proposals.