Environment Ministry unit foils 25 trash smuggling attempts

January 6, 2014 19:13

In its first month of operation, the Environmental Protection Ministry's David Unit prevented the passage of 25 trucks aiming to smuggle trash to sites in the West Bank, the ministry said.

Such trash often ends up filling pirate landfills in the West Bank, seeping into the surrounding soil and water. In addition, wood chips transported and sold across the Green Line for charcoal production generate clouds of contaminated soot that affect both Israeli and Palestinian towns.

"Environmental offenders need to internalize the fact that there is no more backyard where they can dispose of waste freely," said Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz. "The streams that flow from this year reach Beersheba, Emek Hefer and additional communities, and the pollution does not, in fact, stop at the Green Line, but rather harms everything in its path."

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