The City of Tel Aviv has made a stellar offer to help its resident smoking addicts (about 3/4 of the city) to stop butting out at the beach. A recent walk along the North Tel Aviv beach introduced me to cigarette cones, stacked neatly in the tray for smokers to butt out in. Nice idea, but hard habits die hard. Israelis love them smokes and cafe ha fouchs at the beach. Case in point: most of the cones were missing from the tray (the beach was empty). Either they were turned into sand castles, or taken home.
Also, efforts to separate plastic bottles from regular waste were all for naught. Both bags contained different kids of trash. Being the cynic that I am, I can imagine all the plastic bottles floating out to sea.
The Middle East has a serious problem with getting its people to clean up trash, and separate recyclables from garbage. Hopefully, small efforts will point the way. At least Tel Aviv’s not attempting to refrigerate its beach in the summer like Dubai.
To order your own beach cones, we found this website selling Ecobyn‘s.