Sunrise in the Negev.
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The Western Negev authority, which includes several surrounding regional councils, signed an agreement to safely recycle and dispose of waste at the Dudaim Recycling and Environmental Education Park in the Negev in the Bnei Shimon Regional Council.
This year, the largest recycling plant in the Negev will be at Dudaim Park, serving all the municipalities in the region. The plant aims to increase recycling, thereby reducing the waste that ends up in landfills. The park will receive more than 110,000 tons of waste per year. This includes absorption and recycling of garbage from the ten councils in the region over the next five years.Dudaim Park is set to receive an estimated 86,000 tons of mixed waste from the Eshkol region as well as 24,800 tons of solid waste. This plant is revolutionary since it comes after years of simply dumping waste into landfills. By using state-of-the-art technology to reprocess 1,200 tons of waste per day, it will recycle thousands of tons of waste. Not only will this help decrease landfills, but it will also assist in preserving the environment by limiting the amount of hazardous chemicals and greenhouse gases that are released from landfills.
The Director General of the Recycling and Environmental Education Park at Dudaim, Nir Bar David said: “This is a process that will streamline the treatment of waste throughout the region and will enable a wider view of the quality of recycling. The first large recycling plant in the South will be established, which will allow for a significant increase in recycling rates in all the municipalities, who will direct the waste to the Dudaim Park facility. This is a project of unprecedented magnitude in the region, which will make a significant contribution to the global environmental struggle, especially in the South. The basic assumption is that every region in the country is obligated to treat its waste, and not simply transfer garbage from one district to another.”
The plant will also help save fuel and minimize air pollution caused by trucks, which transport the waste across the country in order to dispose of it. Recycled matter will be separated, such as cardboard, paper, plastic, glass and aluminum. Around half will be decomposed and composted until it is in an acceptable form and can be used in agriculture.
The Western Negev authority was founded in 2015 by the Interior and Finance Ministries to encourage higher cooperation in regional and economic sectors by bolstering collaboration between authorities and residents to work together in fields that benefit the larger public, such as recycling.
The group includes the areas of Ofakim and the regional councils of Eshkol, Bnei Shimon, Merhavim, Sdot Negev, the local council of Shaar Hanegev, Netivot, Rahat, Lakiya and Sderot; covering an area that has a population of 220,000 and is spread over 2 million dunams (almost 500,000 acres).