As part of the waste management revolution led by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, all master plans for the establishment of waste treatment and recycling facilities were approved by the district planning committees. Entrepreneurs interested in establishing such facilities will receive the highest priority in planning, ahead of any other project.
After extensive work, and in a very short term of several months, all master plans for the establishment of waste management facilities were finalized and approved by the district planning committees. The goal of the master plans is to locate land plots suitable for waste management facilities. The new facilities will use pre-sorted waste, arriving from material recovery facilities, for the production of clean energy and compost.
All in all, dozens of land plots throughout the country were allocated for the establishment of the waste management facilities – all in industrial areas. In case of need, the number of plots will rise. The process was initiated and promoted by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, and during the deliberations in the district planning committees the Ministry demanded that waste management facilities will not be established in open areas.
In order to promote the waste revolution led by the Ministry and to ease the planning procedure for private entrepreneurs, it was decided to grant waste management facilities top priority at the district planning committees, ahead of all other projects. In parallel, designated sub-committees were established at each of the six administrative districts of Israel to deal solely with planning such facilities. Their role will be to examine each and every proposal for facility establishment. The facilities will be built using the most advanced existing technologies in the world today, and will comply with the highest environmental standards.
In addition, the Ministry has approved financial assistance of $62.5 million for the establishment of sorting and recycling facilities. The funds come in addition to the $75 million allocated for the establishment of waste management facilities. This is one of many more measures taken by the Ministry aimed at reducing the amounts of landfilled waste, a major cause of contamination, including: the Packaging Law, the Deposit Law on Beverage Containers, the Tire Recycling Law, the increase in the landfill levy, and the grant of extensive financial assistance packages to local authorities to encourage waste separation at the source.
The Director General of the Ministry – Att. Alona Sheafer (Karo) added on the subject: "The goal of the comprehensive resolution of the planning issue was to make the planning procedures – which are the most significant obstacles of the process – easier for entrepreneurs. The Ministry of Environmental Protection will continue promoting the waste revolution in every way possible, in order to reduce landfilling to a minimum, and transform waste from nuisance to resource."