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.
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.