Abu Dis landfill 311.
(photo credit: Marc Sellem Israel/The Jerusalem Post)
The trash conundrum in Jerusalem was solved on Friday afternoon, after the Jerusalem Municipality, the Prime Minister's Office, the Finance Ministry, and the Environmental Protection Ministry came to an agreement over the funding of trash pickup in Jerusalem.
J’lem refuses to stop using Abu Dis landfill
PA demands e. J'lem: Abu Dis won’t do
The Environmental Ministry ordered that the municipality must phase out using the Abu Dis dump, located east of Jerusalem, because the facility did not have proper infrastructure and was polluting nearby streams and land.
They required that the city truck its trash to a landfill located in the
south of the country, a more expensive option that the municipality
would cost an additional NIS 83 million over the first three
The Finance Ministry agreed to grant the city an additional NIS 2
million, which will cover the additional costs of transporting trash to
the south for the remainder of 2011.
Abu Dis is being gradually phased out, and Jerusalem will be required to
truck greater and greater amounts of trash to the south, though the
first six months they only have to truck about 400 tons out of the 1,100
tons of trash the city produces daily.
The city had reduced trash collection by 50% for the past week in order
to deal with the Environmental Ministry's requirements before receiving
additional funds, but all of the remaining trash was collected on