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Tons of trash left at picnic sites by Israelis after Passover

Israel’s recent Passover holiday period, which also included opening season visits to beaches and various picnic sites, is still being dealt with by national park and forestry employees long after holiday goers returned home. Whether it be national forests, rivers and beaches, or city public parks, the amount of trash and food waste left behind is staggering, […]

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Lebanon’s Sidon garbage mountain to become city park

Taking a cue from its neighbor city Tel Aviv Lebanon’s regional “landmark”, Sidon’s notorious garbage mountain, will now become a city park. Sidon’s stench was once so bad that locals used to say  that “you smell it before you can see it.”  This hideous site, the result of garbage  trucks dumping straight into the sea […]

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Israel to Build Largest Middle East Recycling Plant

Tires, plastics, and other types of solid waste will soon be converted into energy and other products at a new Israel mega recycling plant.  Photo: Haaretz/Michal Fattal 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 […]

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Beirut’s Giant Tire Fire Intentionally Set?

Black smoke billows out of Karantina dump tire fire, near Beirut this weekend. Green groups think the fire was set to pull metal from the rubber tires. Landfills and garbage dumps in Lebanon have had their share of environmental issues. This reality is an ongoing problem for environmentalists there, and involves giant, smelly garbage mounds […]

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Solar Taxi Visits Israel Cleanup Day

Israeli volunteers joined others worldwide on November 1st, in an international movement to “clean up” our environmental act. The 11th annual International Cleanup Day activities in Israel, which took place on November 1st, were attended by 204 regional Israeli councils, 260,000 volunteers, environmental VIPs, and one solar powered taxi (driven by Swiss inventor Louis Palmer […]

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Are "Green" Garbage Bags Good for the Environment?

Question: What product do we buy just to throw out again? Answer: Garbage bags. New “green” products, like biodegradable garbage bags, are a hot topic. But it’s usually best to manage with fewer products instead of buying more, even if they are “green.” In most cases, biodegradable bags pose less danger to landfills and groundwater and […]