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(photo credit: Yossi Zamir/JTA )
Plans for the largest recycling plant in the Middle East are under way, after
the Environmental Protection Ministry and Finance Ministry Accountant- General’s
Office launched a joint tender for the project on Sunday.
have issued a preliminary tender for the construction of a giant recycling
facility that will transform waste into green energy, an Environmental
Protection Ministry statement said. Each day, the plant will bring in more than
1,000 tons of garbage – about twice as much waste as is produced in the Tel
Aviv-Jaffa metropolitan area, according to the ministry.
rapidly advancing toward the recycling standards of developed countries,” said
Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan. “Around the world already, people
understand that this is a new economy – transforming waste into resources,
creating new jobs, producing energy without harming the environment and reducing
dependence on oil.”
The facility, which is expected to begin operating in
2016, will employ an organic waste treatment system that involves anaerobic
digestion, generating green energy and fertilizer as by-products. Recycling on
such a large scale will allow the country to significantly reduce its usage of
landfills, thereby decreasing the amount of space occupied by garbage as well as
the polluting emissions released by garbage dumps, the Environmental Protection
“The tender for the construction of an organic waste
treatment facility is another step toward implementing government policies to
promote renewable energy production, and in this manner the project joins
tenders to establish solar plants in Ashalim that were advanced by the
Accountant General’s Office,” said Finance Ministry accountant-general Michal
Abadi-Boiangiu. “I have no doubt that the BOT (Build- Operate-Transfer) method
will also prove itself in this case an efficient tool for infrastructural
development in the State of Israel for the benefit of its
According to the BOT model, the entrepreneur who wins the
tender will undertake the design, financing, building and operation of the
facility for a 25-year permit period. At the end of this period, the facility
will be transferred to the state.
The deadline for preliminary tender
proposals is January 2013, the ministry said.