trash collection 521.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Environmental Protection Ministry is urging Israelis to go green for Hol
Hamoed, the intermediate days of Passover.
Because households often
generate up to 50 percent more waste than usual during Passover, the ministry
called on the public to consume smarter and purchase only products they will
During Passover, the amount of waste produced rises by anywhere from
15% to 50%, depending on the individual, according to the ministry.
the average Israeli normally generates about 1.7 kilograms of trash per day,
during Passover this number rises to about 2.2 kg., the ministry
Overall, the production of waste varies according to income, with
those in higher socioeconomic brackets normally producing about 1.9
kg. of trash per day and those with lower incomes producing about 1.1 kg.
per day – a difference of 72%, the ministry noted.
The Hiriya waste
transfer station reported that during the week before the holiday began, the
site saw an increase of 10% in incoming waste, while during Passover itself the
rise is expected to grow to between 30% and 50%, according to ministry
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The ministry has therefore requested that the public adopt a “green
consumption” attitude and arrive at supermarkets with prepared shopping lists,
buying only necessary products. In addition, residents should remember to
continue recycling their plastic bottles and to bring glass bottles and cans to
deposit sites, the ministry said.
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