Minya Dump Site 311.
(photo credit: Civil Administration)
The civil administration released a progress report late on Thursday detailing
the status of two solid waste facilities to be built in the West Bank – El-Minya
in Bethlehem and Ramun in Ramallah – in hopes that both will be completed as
soon as possible.
The construction was part of an effort to reduce
illegal dumping, the IDF Spokesman’s Office said.
A master plan for the
El- Minya site was approved by the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria in
March, while KFW Development Bank and the Ramallah Joint Services Council are
expected to submit a similar master plan for Ramun by June.
A third site,
Zahrat Al-Finjan in Jenin, has been operating since 2008.
Due to an
increasing population and the lack of modern garbage facilities throughout the
West Bank, both organic and hazardous materials are being discarded en masse in
illegal locations, posing dangers to human and animal health in both the
Palestinian Authority and Israel, as contaminants enter the aquifers, according
to the report.
“Illegal dump sites that are mostly concentrated around
the central and south West Bank are hazardous to the environment by
contaminating underground aquifers and the air,” the Spokesman’s Office said.
“The illegal sites also attract waste pickers, many of them children, who hunt
for metals in unsafe and unacceptable conditions. The solid waste facilities
will effectively treat solid waste in a safe and environmentally friendly
The already functioning site in Jenin was chosen by the World
Bank as the most successful infrastructure project for the years 2008-2009, and
the civil administration is currently working with both the World Bank and the
Palestinian local authorities to get the El-Minya site upand- running, the
The El-Minya master plan received full approval from the
civil administration’s subcommittee for environmental affairs in March, and
officials are now in the process of issuing permits for the site and the access
road, so that construction can begin next month. The site is to serve more than
700,000 Palestinians in the Hebron and Bethlehem districts, and will include
compost, recycling and gas collection centers.
Critical to this project
will be the closure of more than 15 illegal dump facilities currently
functioning in the area, the Spokesman’s Office said.