Firms fined for failing to recycle tires

Recycling percentages vary from 50% for tire manufacturers or importers to 15% for car importers.

May 25, 2010 05:47
Firms fined for failing to recycle tires

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The Environmental Protection Ministry released a list of tire manufacturing and import companies who were fined for failing to reach recycling percentages set out under a 2007 law.

Recycling percentages varied from 50% for tire manufacturers or importers to 15% for car importers. Nineteen tire companies and 11 car importers were fined in 2008. In 2009, eight tire companies were warned and fines will follow. One car importer was warned.

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About 50,000 tons of tires are discarded in Israel each year, most of them in landfills. Since the law came into effect, 20,000 tons have been recycled in two years. A second plant to recycle tires was recently inaugurated with the capacity to handle 30,000 tons a year, and more plants are expected to follow, according to the ministry.

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