ENVIRONMENTAL UPDATE

March 13, 1994

* ISRAELI DEVELOPMENT: CAMERA WHICH DETECTS AIR POLLUTION

A special airborne optical instrument, capable of observing Earth from above and exposing problems of air pollution, oil spills and other dangerous pollution, has been developed by C.I. Systems (Israel), Ltd. of Migdal Ha’Emek. According to company president Bob Buchwald, this is an Israeli patent of global dimensions, and relatively inexpensive. While a similar instrument, developed a number of years ago in the United States and used a great deal in NASA’s space laboratories, costs about $20 million, the Israeli instrument will cost $150 thousand. The Israeli instrument, similar to a video camera, is suitable for use in planes, helicopters and chemistry laboratories. (‘Yediot Ahronot’, 3.2.94)

* HANDICAPPED YOUTH WORK IN RECYCLING PAPER AT HADASSAH.

A group of handicapped youth has been working for some time in collecting waste paper at Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem, which is then processed for recycling. This is the first attempt in Israel to employ handicapped youth in such a manner. Environment Minister Yossi Sarid recently visited the hospital to examine the project first-hand. The young people arrive at the hospital each day, accompanied by a counselor, and work for four hours collecting waste paper from the special bins installed for this purpose in all the Hadassah offices. The paper is taken to be shredded, and from there it is sent for recycling. According to hospital administrators, the project reduces waste removal costs to a minimum while protecting the environment. (‘HaTzafon’, 8.2.94)

* RECYCLING PARK TO BE SET UP IN ARAD WITH INVESTMENT OF $2 MILLION. A recycling park, the first of its kind, is to be set up in Arad; it will be completed in about a year. The park is a joint project of the Eastern Negev Environmental Unit, which operates in Arad, and the Environment Ministry. It is intended to be a national recycling facility. The estimated cost of the project is $2 million. The program includes an amusement area spread out over 1.5 dunams with amusement facilities made of recycled materials; a 170 sq. meter exhibit pavilion where ways of treating waste will be explained and demonstrated; and a 1/2 dunam operations site, which will include an organic garden, demonstrations of uses for solar energy, purified solvents and organic compost. (‘Globes’, 13.2.94)

* NON-ODOROUS WASTE SITE

Intradco Industries of Haifa, in association with the Murphy Co. of Britain and Patrick Engineering of the United States, will participate in competing for the Environment Ministry’s tender to build two central, national waste sites at the Dudaim site in the south and Talia in the north which will encompass a total area of about 3 million sq. meters. Intradco, which represents the partnership in Israel, will propose a new system which uses huge cubes of highly compressed waste, which are then buried. The system prevents there being almost any possibility of run- off into the ground-water, bad odors, and paper and plastic particles being blown away by wind. The new method, which has been used successfully in various sites in the United States, would enable far better environmental conditions than any other burial method tried in waste sites thus far. The massive compression method would also double the site’s life span, compared with any other method attempted so far in the world. (‘Al Hamishmar’, 14.2.94)