ENVIRONMENT UPDATE

(Communicated by the Government Press Office)

Jerusalem, January 20, 1994

*PROJECT TO ESTABLISH NATIONAL WASTE SITES TO BE MOVED FORWRD.

Two economic committees, appointed to examine the costs of removing waste to national waste sites which are to open following passage of the recycling bill, have determined that the price per ton of waste removed will be significantly lower than the estimated price. The price of removing a ton of waste is currently about $5 per ton. The committee members established that transporting waste to national sites will add only a few dollars to the cost, to about $10 per ton. Senior Environment Ministry officials say that these findings will apparently influence the move to close 400 existing waste sites and open five national waste sites (‘Ma’ariv, 7.1.94)

*ARKAL TO EXPORT PLASTIC CONTAINERS TO GERMANY FOR REMOVING MEDICAL WASTE.

The Arkal Plastic Packaging Co., of the Arkal Industries Group, has signed a long-term agreement, worth $1 million annually, with a Germany company to supply plastic containers for removing medical waste from medical centers in Europe. To fill the order, Arkal has produced a special container which meets the European standard for protecting the environment. Arkal’s marketing directed noted that the German order is part of a strategic move by his company to focus on producing specific containers for those engaged in waste removal and providing solutions for protecting the environment. (‘Telegraph’, 28.12.93).

*CANIEL INAUGURATES ‘GREEN’ PRODUCTION LINE FOR SOFT DRINK CANS. Caniel Israel Can Co. Ltd. has inaugurated a new, $4 million line for producing aluminum soft drink cans. The move from tin cans to aluminum stems from the increased demand for ‘green’ products in Israel and around the world. Additionally, the cans’ pull tabs will be replaced by tabs which fold into the can itself, preventing unnecessary pollution. The new line will supply aluminum cans to all the large beverage plants in Israel. Waste from the cans produced at the plant will be recycled by Caniel. The company also expects that collecting used cans will become an economically viable business, since they contain aluminum, an expensive raw material. (‘Ma’ariv’, 27.12.93).

*EGGED ADOPTS EUROPEAN STANDARDS FOR PREVENTING AIR POLLUTION.

The Egged bus cooperative has moved up adoption of European standards for protecting the environment and reducing air pollution from buses to a minimum. All Egged buses arriving in Israel since last September already meet the strict ‘Euro 1’ standard limiting emissions from diesel-engine vehicles. This, despite the fact that Israeli Transportation Ministry regulations have, until now, not required the use of vehicles meeting this standard. (Israel Television economic news report, 29.12.93).