Gush Etzion family receives recycling training 370.
(photo credit: Avraham Fried)
The 700 families of the southwestern Gush Etzion settlement of Alon Shvut have
become the first in the West Bank to join in Environmental Protection Minister
Gilad Erdan’s waste separation “green revolution.”
Alongside 30 other
authorities thus far throughout Israel, all 700 Alon Shvut families began on
Tuesday to separate their waste at home into multiple wet and dry streams for
collection, having received three different waste bins from the Gush Etzion
Soon to follow will be 150 families in Rosh Tzurim and
Kfar Etzion, according to information provided by the
Throughout the past few months, the regional council and the
Alon Shvut community center provided tutorials, classes and school activities to
pave the way for the arrival of the bins, the settlement said. During the
summer, eight environmental instructors from the council visited the homes of
the first 850 families that received the bins to provide training.
Environmental Protection Ministry initially allocated NIS 350 million toward
waste separation in 31 Israeli authorities, which was followed two weeks ago by
additional financing of NIS 160m. for future participants. Nearly 94,000
households are already participating in the waste separation effort, and about
1.5 million people should be separating their waste by 2014, the ministry
Replacing their large traditional green trash bins, the Alon Shvut
families are now separating their trash into three bins – a brown container for
wet organic waste to be transformed into compost, which will be collected
approximately twice a week for transport to the Delila compost site at Sde
Warburg in the Sharon region, the Alon Shvut statement said. Residents are using
an orange container for the disposal of packaging waste, including materials
that will be sent once a week for recycling and reuse in industry.
third container, a green one, will be for items that can not yet be recycled,
such as diapers, disposable wipes, toys, cigarette butts and broken objects, the
settlement said. This trash will travel to a landfill once a week.
Gush Etzion community center decided to join the separation-atsource project,
with the outlook that this is a community issue of utmost importance,” said Meni
Katz, director of the Etzion Community Center.
While other councils and
authorities participating in the project have hired external bodies to help
implement the process, Gush Etzion enlisted the community center to be in
charge, according to Katz.
“As a result, the Environmental Protection
Ministry is considering adopting the model and implementing it at other councils
throughout the country in order to greatly save public funds in the framework of
social services provided by community centers,” Katz said.
head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, said participating residents
appreciated having the “privilege of taking part in the environmental revolution
of Israel” and noted the many positive responses the council had received
regarding its doorto- door training.
“We are proud to be the first
council in Judea and Samaria that has begun such a significant project as waste
separation at source,” Perl said. “We will continue to work toward a better life
in general, and in Gush Etzion in particular.”