Cleaning and washing the streets is one of the activities undertaken by the City of Krakow as part of the fight for clean air. Cooperation and research undertaken by Krakow-based MPO Sp. z o.o. together with the Cracow University of Technology and the Provincial Inspectorate of Environmental Protection in Krakow they indicate that collecting street waste and then washing it improves not only the standard of living of the inhabitants and the aesthetics of the city, but also has a positive effect on the quality of the urban environment. The amount of waste is significantly reduced, which also reduces secondary emissions in the cleaned areas of the city. Literature analysis also indicates an additional effect of this type of practice – it can be an element of monitoring and managing the quality of rainwater discharged into the sewage system from urbanized areas. The purpose of the article will be to present the results of street cleaning research on Krakow, along with an assessment of the quality of water flowing from the washing of traffic routes (streets, pavements and bicycle paths), as well as the improvement of air quality resulting from the conducted activities.
The presentation will be made by dr hab. Eng. Agnieszka Generowicz, prof. PK, who graduated from the Faculty of Environmental Engineering at the Cracow University of Technology and is employed there as an associate professor at the Department of Environmental Technologies. In the years 2005 – 2012 she was the deputy dean at the Faculty of Environmental Engineering at the Cracow University of Technology. Her scientific achievements include about 200 original research into creative practices and about 100 studies for the industry from the waste management sector. In the course of her professional career, her scientific interests always focus on issues related to the analysis of municipal waste costs: recovery technologies, recovery and disposal of municipal waste and maintaining the cleanliness of cities and agglomerations. In addition, interdisciplinary assessments of waste management technologies and systems with system and decision-making analyzes, access management tools, low and non-waste technologies, and environmental protection of the environment in the field of waste utilization are included. Factors involved in undertaking cooperation with entrepreneurs and local government units. Over the past few years, as part of cooperation with Krakow’s MPO has addressed issues of maintaining cleanliness and include with this emission and use of the urban environment. The work resulted in a multi-author monograph entitled “Analysis of changes in the state of the urban environment as a result of analysis and washing of streets in selected zones of the Krakow agglomeration.”