Aiming to see 98 percent of the country’s excess soil salvaged for reuse by 2040, the Finance Ministry’s Planning Administration will be presenting a new program on the matter for a public hearing on Tuesday.
Each year, as a result of the massive infrastructure and construction projects taking place around the country, about 2.5 million cubic meters of excess soil and building debris are simply buried or removed illegally to open spaces, the Planning Administration said. Administration officials said they were preparing National Master Plan 14-D in order to allocate sites for the regulation, treatment and storage of such material.
“The rationale for implementing the plan is the momentum of development and construction in the State of Israel,” said Ronit Mazar, a senior director for national planning in the Planning Administration.
“In recent years, dozens of comprehensive infrastructure projects have been carried out simultaneously, and therefore a significant growth has occurred in the amount of squandered filling materials and soil,” she said. “Consequently, there is a need to locate space for permanent and temporary regulation and treatment, in which the process of reclaiming materials will take place, as well as their issuance to the building and paving sector.”