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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Environmental
Protection Minister Gilad Erdan are set to meet Monday morning to
discuss the capital's waste disposal and recycling infrastructures.
has proposed a pilot project in certain neighborhoods for residents to
separate wet and dry garbage (organic and non-organic) and is
interested in funding from one of the ministry's budgets. Erdan will
most likely be amenable to Barkat's proposals or even push for a more
ambitious project since he has set waste disposal and recycling as his
ministry's number one priority this year.
National student environmental organization Green Course sent a
letter to Barkat recently detailing residents' complaints about the
distance between their homes and recycling containers. Much of
Jerusalem is outfitted with receptacles for recycling plastic bottles
and paper, but residents complained that they were too far from their
In response to the letter, the organization was invited to a Jerusalem municipal council meeting on the topic.
only recycling center for glass, metal and electronic equipment in the
capital is in Givat Shaul, across from Herzog Hospital, near the
entrance to Jerusalem.
Proper waste disposal via recycling and composting can solve several crucial problems.
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it reduces the land needed for garbage dumps. Land is a hot commodity
in short supply in Israel. Erdan has set a goal of recycling 50 percent
of all garbage by mid-decade. To that end, he and the ministry are
working on legislation which would make manufacturers and importers
responsible for the entire lifetime of the product, including recycling
packaging. He also plans to introduce a system of separating wet and
dry garbage at home which would then be collected by municipal garbage
trucks. At present, the only compost options are local efforts in
community gardens in some neighborhoods.Second, landfills produce methane which is one of
the gases that contribute to global warming. As the organic matter in
landfills decomposes it emits methane into the atmosphere. Part of
Israel's emissions reduction plan, which is currently being compiled,
will no doubt encourage composting and recycling to reduce emissions.
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