In the Eilot Regional Council, large orange bins are joining the green garbage
collection vessels on the streets, making the council Israel’s first authority
to begin putting the terms of the country’s new Packaging Law into
The law, passed in January 2011, calls upon manufacturers and
importers to take comprehensive responsibility for treating all packaging waste
that they introduce into the Israeli market. As such, they must report and pay
for every ton of packaging and work with the packaging recycling company Tamir
to collect all packaging parts for recycling from local authorities. Eilot is
the first such authority to work with Tamir to get the requisite orange
recycling bins on the ground.
“Eilot Regional Council aims to lead in the
environmental field, and we are proud as well to lead in the distribution of
orange bins,” said council chairman Udi Gat.
“The council is working
diligently these days on many projects in the field of environment and renewable
energy, among them the fifth Eilat-Eilot [Renewable Energy and Innovation]
Conference that we are constantly developing,”Gat added, referring to the
region’s annual international renewable energy conference, which will occur from
November 27 through 29 in Eilat.
The Tamir Corporation will be collecting
all packaging waste from the orange bins in a “streamline” framework, under
which the customer will not be required to separate the different types of
packaging, according to the council.
Following the holidays, Tamir CEO
Kobi Dar said he expects to see several other local authorities and cities
joining Eilot in implementing the packaging waste collection system, which he
feels will “enable residents to join in the environmental revolution and
influence our future and our children’s future.”
Protection Minister Gilad Erdan noted that he was particularly proud that an
authority in the country’s South was “leading the implementation of Israel’s
“In the coming year, tens of thousands of
additional families across the country will join in the green revolution and
will throw product packaging into the orange bins,” Erdan said. “Together we
will transform all of our garbage into an important economic
The new orange bins are simply one indicator of the emphasis
the Eilot Regional Council places on environmental issues, its chairman
“We will continue to invest all that is required so that the
environment and renewable energy will be the growth engine of the council,” Gat
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