“Brussels, 11 April 2024 – New evidence published by Zero Waste Europe and ToxicoWatch Foundation on biomonitoring research on waste (co)incinerator emissions in Slovakia and the Netherlands found high levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in food near the facilities.

The two studies, part of Zero Waste Europe’s True Toxic Toll project, focus on Slovakia and The Netherlands. They analysed the presence of POPs in the surrounding environment of facilities. Specifically, the studies meticulously gathered samples—such as eggs from backyard chickens, vegetation, fruit, roof dust, water, and sediment—from the vicinity of the investigated facilities.

A facility in Turňa nad Bodvou, Slovakia, has revealed that eggs, pine needles, and mosses in the vicinity show significantly high concentrations of dioxins, and PFAS, commonly known as ‘forever chemicals.’ “