trash collection 521.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Environmental Protection Ministry and local authorities will be collectively
investing about NIS 600 million over the next three years in establishing
waste-treatment plants that will generate bio-gas, fertilizers and traditional
recycled materials, the ministry announced on Wednesday.
facilities will treat approximately 8,000 tons of garbage every day,
constituting about two-thirds of the country’s total daily municipal waste,
according to the ministry.
Of the NIS 600m. total, the ministry will be
responsible for 40 percent of the funds, while local authorities will be
responsible for the remaining 60%.
The new facilities are expected to
save Israelis about NIS 900m. worth of garbage that would otherwise be buried in
the land each year, the ministry said.
Waste treatment at the new
facilities will occur in two stages, the first of which will involve classifying
and sorting the different types of materials, transferring the ones that are
obviously recyclable to recycling plants.
“This will increase the
quantities of recycled materials and reduce waste,” a statement from the
In the second stage, the facilities will focus on treating
organic waste components such as food scraps, which constitute about 40% of
municipal trash, according to the ministry. These materials will be sent to
composting and anaerobic digestion facilities, where they will be transformed
into fertilizers and bio-gas.
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Meanwhile this week, the ministry also
granted approximately NIS 250m. to private entrepreneurs and local
authorities to encourage the establishment of 20 new organic waste-treatment
plants and transfer stations throughout Israel, according to the
“These facilities constitute a crucial and complementary link
to the implementation of separation of waste at source among Israeli citizens,”
the ministry said.
The latest efforts to enable waste reuse come under
the larger umbrella of the Environment Ministry’s ongoing “separation at source”
project, in which the office is currently working with 31 local authorities and
providing NIS 350m. worth of funds for urban infrastructure that will enable the
placement of two garbage cans for each resident – at home and in the
“The world has already understood that waste is a raw material in
and of itself,” said Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan in a
“Investing in an industry that will implement the recycling
revolution and transform waste from a nuisance to a resource is an economic and
“The establishment of a recycling market and the
production of energy from waste will prevent the exploitation of raw materials
and natural resources, and thus will significantly reduce economic costs and
environmental damage that in the end always roll up the price paid by the
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