Ashdod power plant 390.
(photo credit: Amir Cohen/Reuters)
The Environmental Protection Ministry will be allocating NIS 70 million toward
the establishment of green energy generation facilities that transform garbage
into useable electricity, the ministry announced on Wednesday.
ministry officials turned to industry developers, informing them that they would
be offering this financial support toward building such facilities within three
years time, a ministry statement said. The facilities will house advanced
mechanisms in which anaerobic digestive facilities are at work, breaking down
food residues into organic waste.
During the decomposition process, the
bacteria will release gases that can be used to generate electricity, the
Production of energy in this manner reduces pollution
from power plant activities and prevents land burial of many tons of
Moreover, increasing the presence of such garbage-to-energy
transformation facilities will also allow for a significant increase in the
amount of residents separating waste – putting organic and inorganic trash into
different bins for collection – at home, according to the
“Therefore waste is transformed from a burden into a resource
of economic value,” the ministry said.
Around the country, about 74,520
families are already separating their waste at home into organic and non-organic
piles on a daily basis. Meanwhile, the ministry has invested a total of about
NIS 1 million to catalyze Israel’s recycling market, encouraging the
establishment of recycling facilities, incentives for local authorities,
education and other initiatives. The ministry has also created a master plan for
waste treatment facilities in cooperation with the Interior Ministry, aiming to
shorten the planning process and facilitate the construction of these facilities
as soon as possible, the statement said.
Eitan Parnass, director of the
Renewable Energy Association of Israel, praised the ministry’s decision to
provide funds to the waste-energy generation industry.
“This is a very
right measure that the ministry [is taking],” Parnass told The Jerusalem Post
“The bio-gas market in Israel needs to be jump-started as there are very few