Earth Day 370.
(photo credit:REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo)
The Environmental Protection Ministry will award NIS 160 million to local
authorities joining the office’s waste separation “recycling revolution,” it
announced on Monday.
In addition to funding infrastructure for waste
separation at the source, the money will also enable the acquisition of
collection trucks for the separated garbage and for informational activities,
according to the ministry.
This latest amount of financing joins the
already NIS 350m.
allocated to 31 local authorities, which has given
94,000 families the opportunity to participate in “wet” (leftover food) and
“dry” (paper, plastic, etc.) waste separation. For the latest block of funds,
the ministry said it is granting preference to areas deemed national priority
regions or places in the periphery.
“The recycling revolution is already
a daily fact that exists in about half-a-million Israeli homes,” Environmental
Protection Minister Gilad Erdan said. “Authorities realize the economic
potential of recycling and the improvement in quality of life of their
residents, and therefore, it is not surprising that more and more cities want to
take part in the revolution that we are leading.”
The maximum individual
grant per city will be NIS 40m., and granting criteria will be based on a number
of factors, such as how many households will be participating in the venture and
the execution time. The selected authorities will receive grants to finance
educational projects for the residents, operational support, waste separation
infrastructure, collection trucks and much more, the ministry said.
the 31 cities already participating in the waste separation program are Dimona,
Beersheba, Ashdod and Afula, where wet debris is already being transferred to
produce green electricity and fertilizer, according to the ministry. By the end
of 2014, approximately half-a-million residents of Israel will be participating
in the waste separation effort, the ministry said.
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