Recycling has improved over the past decade in Israel. Hiria, a large garbage dump in Tel Aviv, has transformed into a recycling center, metals are starting to be recycled, and some urban recycling bins have become targets for artists. But there is still a long way to go. Organic waste still ends up in Israeli landfills for the most part, despite the promises of several municipalities. Greenpeace Israel is starting a new campaign tomorrow morning to call these municipalities’ bluff. Their first target is Jerusalem.
Before the municipal budgets for 2012 are finalized, Greenpeace Israel intends to call on all Israeli cities to implement more sustainable recycling and composting solutions.
“City by city, we will ask mayors to take responsibility and implement a plan to separate waste at the source and install two bins (organic and dry) for each home, building or business in the city,” writes Greenpeace Israel.
Of 251 local authorities, only 31 have implemented the Environmental Protection Ministry’s project and requested assistance in separating waste at the source. Of these 31, only one – Emek Hefer – has actually succeeded in separating organic waste throughout the entire municipality.
Seven other municipalities are currently in various stages of separating organic waste at the source in certain neighborhoods.
These are success stories, but on too small a scale. According to Greenpeace Israel, these are “miniscule amounts in relation to the great quantities of garbage, and residents cannot properly recycle if the municipal authorities do not create an appropriate infrastructure to separate waste.”
Read more about the Greenpeace campaign on the event’s page on Facebook (in Hebrew).
Read more about recycling in Israel::
Organic Waste Collection and Composting in the Works for Israeli Municipalities
Recycling Bins Take the Form of Art in Tel Aviv
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Hiria: A Garbage Dump Turned Recycling Dream
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