Israel’s garbage dumps and landfills are often referred to as large, unsightly “garbage mountains” such as the Hiriya garbage mound near Tel Aviv. With the Hiriya site now in the process of getting a new “face” by being turned into a large ecology park, many waste disposal sites have been relocated out of sight and mind to the country’s southern Negev region, where literally all types of garbage are buried, including large items like thrown out mattresses.
This situation may be changing, however, with the Israeli government now issuing tenders for the construction of what is being billed as the largest Mid East recycling plant, according to the Jerusalem Post.
The plant when completed will be able to process a daily amount of around 1000 tons of garbage and trash, an amount said to be at least twice as much as the amount accumulated daily in the entire Tel Aviv and Jaffa area.
Part of the garbage will be processed into energy in the form of methane gas and biofuel, while other materials will be either made into compost for fertilizer or recycled into various products. Israel’s environmental ministry believes that this kind of facility will not only create new jobs, but will also reduce the need for landfills as well as enable the country to be less dependent on imported energy such as oil.
Finance Ministry accountant-general Michal Abadi-Boiangiu was quoted as saying that this kind of project will enable the country’s environment to not only benefit from less need for landfills but to also “implement government policies for promoting renewable energy production.”
In addition to creating energy from bio gas, other renewable energy projects will include those like solar energy, she added.
Haaretz reports that there may be two sites created in Israel to specialize in processing waste products to produce energy. One of these sites will be at the former Hiriya garbage dump and will be able to take in and recycle as much as 1,500 tons of waste per day.
Other Mid East countries are also becoming more involved in recycling efforts. Some of these include Dubai, which has had a chronic waste disposal problem and is now in the process of “dumping its dumps” by becoming more involved in recycling both organic and non-organic waste products.
Even Gaza, which has both a high amount of waste products and a very small land area recently opened its first recycling plant and is now able to process around 50 tons of waste products per day.
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