The Environmental Protection Ministry's Northern District Head Dorit Zis has issued an administrative closure order for the waste sorting and transfer site Compost 2000: The Gulf and Western Galilee, the ministry said Monday.
The operators of the site were called in for a hearing last month concerning a litany of problems. There were piles of waste just sitting around the site causing malodorous odors which plagued residents and nearby workers. The piles were leaking leachate - a liquid material that drains from land or stockpiled material and contains significantly elevated concentrations of undesirable material derived from the material that it has passed through – which the ministry suspected was seeping into the ground and polluting the ground water and the nearby Haneeman Stream.
The site was also operating without a proper business license.
Faced with these allegations, the operators did nothing to improve the situation, so Zis ordered the factory shut down last week, the ministry said Monday. A waste transfer and sorting site is a way station on the way to landfills and recycling plants.