Thousands of households in the Czech Republic still use stoves (wood or coal) to heat the building. And since people want to save money (and not just in times of recession), they burn municipal waste, newspapers, waste paper and even plastic bottles! Experts can tell by looking at the color of smoke coming out from chimneys.
Of course, this is one of the main reasons why people have breathing problems in wintertime. According to a plan introduced by the regional government of the Moravian-Silesian Region, the Czech Environmental Inspectorate inspectors should start inspecting the quality and composition of residual ashes in stoves used in households. The regional government presented their plan as a draft law in the Parliament. According to a statement for the Czech Television, the regional councillors argue that the current situation (i.e. when inspections can be carried out in large businesses and companies) is not sustainable any longer.
The Moravian-Silesian Region borders Poland and is known for mining, metallurgy and other forms of heavy industry and the worst figures in terms of air pollution.
Head of the Department of Environmental Protection told the Czech Television that they expect the law to be passed. Hefty fines will be paid by people who burn these materials repeatedly.
There was a similar idea several years ago but it was repealed by the Senate, since senators did not like the idea that inspectors would be “allowed” to enter private premises. So far privacy of one’s household is protected by the Constitution…