46 municipalities want source separation of garbage

December 22, 2010 14:36

Forty six local authorities, in which two million residents reside, have submitted requests for funding to separate garbage at the source, the Environmental Protection Ministry said Wednesday.  The ministry has allocated NIS600m. to assist in the recycling revolution of which the 46 requests constitute NIS400m.

Source separation means separating garbage into "wet" or organic garbage and "dry" garbage, which is paper, plastic, metal and other materials. The ministry program accompanies the Packaging Bill which was approved for final readings on Monday and which places responsibility for recycling product packaging on the manufacturers and importers.

The ministry funds can be used for end solutions like transfer points, sorting stations or recycling plants but come with a commitment to move to source separation within three years. Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem did not submit requests, but many other smaller cities, such as Arad, Beersheba, Eilat, Rosh Pinna, and Dimona, did.

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