School and kindergarten students recycled a total of NIS 2.76 million worth of
plastic and glass beverage containers in 2013, earning NIS 820,000 in bottle
deposit cash for their respective institutions.
In the past decade, since
Israel’s bottle recycling efforts began, educational institutions and community
organizations have recycled a total of 47 million such beverage containers,
generating NIS 14 million from bottle deposits, according to ELA, Israel’s
Including the 2.76 million bottles recycled by the
students, schools and community organizations, a total of 5 million bottles were
sent for reprocessing in 2013 alone, a jump of 270 percent in comparison to the
first year they began collecting (2003), information from ELA
Looking at total recycling figures for the year 2013, Israelis
recycled 594 million in mandatory bottle deposits, generating a total of NIS
178m. in deposit refunds, the ELA data reported.
The company has
not yet calculated the number of “voluntary” plastic bottles recycled – bottles
not eligible for deposit refunds – for the year 2013. However, Israelis returned
about 77.2% of bottles marked eligible for deposit this year.
As of the
end of 2012, ELA calculated that the Israeli public had recycled 5 billion
beverages containers over the past decade – that contained about 0.5 million
tons of plastic, or the equivalent of six Azrieli Towers, the company said at
The schools and kindergartens participating in the recycling
effort for the past decade are particularly critical to the national recycling
effort, as children receive encouragement to bring in bottles to school from
home, according to ELA.
In reward for the students’ efforts, the schools
not only receives the 30 agorot bottle- deposit-refunds but also earns prizes
through the years – based on their achievements.
kindergartners excelled in particular, recycling 58% more beverage containers
than they did last year, the data from ELA said.
ELA chairwoman Nehama
Ronen and Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz honored the schools and
kindergartens that performed the best in 2013 in a ceremony last
“Israel has made a huge leap this year in which it succeeded to
pass in recycling percentage not just the United States but also Europe,” Ronen
“Recycling achievements in Israel are first and foremost a result
of education, and we owe a big thanks to students and kindergarten children who
insist upon recycling and influence their families from a young age to cooperate
on a daily basis.”