26/05/2016
The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) will transfer NIS 100 million from its Maintenance of Cleanliness Fund to 36 local authorities, so that they can improve waste management in their areas over the next two years. The money will go towards installing efficient systems for the collection and removal of waste and promoting recycling. This is expected to result in a 35% reduction in waste expenditures for these authorities.


​The MoEP found that waste collection and removal systems in many areas are not efficient or effective. It also discovered that the lower the socio-economic status of a local authority, the higher the cost for that authority to remove waste, and the larger the profits of waste contractors.

The MoEP will transfer the money for the waste management project to public companies, which are designated to provide services for local authorities in their specific areas. The local authorities who will receive funds for this project are part of three different such public companies:

  1. Negev Mizrachi, which will receive NIS 50 million
  2. Galil Mizrachi, which will receive NIS 35 million
  3. Beit Hakerem, which will receive NIS 15 million.

 

Among others, these companies include following local authorities: Mitzpeh Ramon, Yerucham, Dimona, Dir al Assad, Kiryat Shmona, Tzfat, and Majdal Crom.

The assumption is that services for a region will be less expensive and more efficient than the same services for a smaller area. It is the local authorities themselves that are asking that management of the waste market be transferred to the public companies.

MoEP Director General Yisrael Dancziger: "We are leading an unprecedented change in the periphery, and are taking another important step to reduce gaps in Israel. We will provide citizens with better service, we will improve waste treatment systems, and we will reduce pollution and hazards for residents."

The money will be used for the construction of waste treatment and recycling facilities, treatment of construction waste, increased enforcement, and the streamlining of, or acquisition of efficient, waste collection systems. This should lead to a reduction in pollution and in other environmental hazards, as well as in waste expenditures.