The number of recycling bins throughout Israel increased by 55 percent in the past year, reaching a total of over 12,000 along the country’s streets, the ELA recycling company announced at the end of this week. Exactly one year ago, the ELA embarked on a process to expand its recycling bin base and added 4,377 bins to the already existing 8,000 and intends to bring the total to 15,000 by the end of 2011, the company said.
Meanwhile, while the amount of bottles recycled at the beginning of the period was only 28%, the number has now risen to 38% – 3% above the company’s target goal, the ELA reported. In the same time frame, several cities that never had recycling facilities before began installing bins – Beersheba, B’nei Barak, Tiberias, Sderot and Kiryat Arba – while many others doubled their numbers of bins: Herzliya, Netanya, Ashdod and Hadera.
"For the public, there aren't any more excuses – recycling today is more accessible than ever," said Nehama Ronen, chairwoman of the ELA. "The new infrastructure will now invalidate the 'excuses' of those who still do not join in this revolution."