30/05/2016

Beach filled with litter Photo: Yitzchak Kodovitzky

MoEP to Allocate NIS 2.3m to Clean Israel's Coasts
Beach filled with litter
Photo: Yitzchak Kodovitzky
The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) is continuing its Clean Coast Program, aimed at solving the problem of litter on Israel’s unauthorized beaches – those where swimming is forbidden because there are no lifeguards. Through the program, the ministry allocates funding to local authorities, so that they can clean the unauthorized beaches within their jurisdictions. While local authorities are actually responsible for the cleanliness of all beaches, the ministry developed the program in 2005 because it found that unauthorized beaches were not being maintained.


​The MoEP has announced that it will budget NIS 2.3 million for the Clean Coast Program this year. The money goes toward a variety of program components, including:

  1. Cleaning the beach (either by machine or manual labor
  2. Enforcement against polluters
  3. Educational activities in the country’s schools and youth movements
  4. Information and publicity activities

 

Local authorities have until July 15, 2016 to submit requests for funding. Those who receive the funding will be obligated to clean beaches in their areas at least twice a week during swimming season. Beaches that get a lot of marine litter washing up to the shore will have to be cleaned more often, though local authorities can get more money for those beaches.

The MoEP routinely evaluates cleanliness at unauthorized beaches through its Clean Coast Index. The last index, which assessed beach cleanliness between May 13th-24th, found that only 37% of beaches were deemed either clean or very clean.

MoEP Director General Yisrael Dancziger: "The beaches belong to the public, and citizens deserve to enjoy clean and inviting beaches everywhere. We are lending financial support to local authorities, who are responsible for keeping beaches in their areas clean, so that we can have a set policy aimed at keeping beaches clean and reducing risks to the population."