The Recycling Corporation marked its three billionth drink container collected on Thursday to mark Earth Day. Since the law passed nine years ago, the corporation has collected 1.24 billion glass bottles, 1.06 billion cans, and 810.8 million plastic bottles. That's the equivalent in volume to eight Azrieli Towers.
NIS 750 million has been returned to the public through the Deposit Law, while 80,000 tons of sand were conserved by recycling the glass. 1.5 billion plastic fruit baskets were created from the plastic bottles as well, and the metal was recycled into buildings.
The Recycling Corporation also contended that in just ten years Israel had reached recycling rates for bottles under the Deposit Law equivalent to that of Europe and the US – almost 70%. That's a three percent increase since last year.
Most European countries, however, have moved beyond Deposit Laws to more comprehensive Packaging Laws.