Waste Transfer Station, Kiryat Gat. Photo: Ilan Malester

Comprehensive Waste Survey is Underway
Waste Transfer Station, Kiryat Gat 
Photo: Ilan Malester 
​The Ministry of Environmental Protection’s Solid Waste Treatment Department has begun a comprehensive survey to understand the composition of waste in Israel. It will look at the composition of municipal waste, commercial and (non-hazardous) industrial waste, as well as debris from army bases.

Analysis of the composition of waste will allow for better and more practical planning, and will help planners find ways to reduce the amount of waste being created, as well as more efficient methods of treatment.

The survey is being conducted by Shahaf Environmental Planning, which submitted the winning bid in the tender process. It is being run in accordance with the Standards Institute of Israel’s "Standard Test Method for Determination of the Composition of Unprocessed Municipal Solid Waste" (standard #2221). Click here for link to Hebrew description on SII’s website.

The survey is looking at the waste of several different types of local authorities (municipalities, regional councils, etc.), and is being conducted at sites including: landfills, transfer stations, waste treatment facilities, recycling plants, and local end-of-cycle solutions. Ultimately, it will also examine the contents of municipal garbage bins, and will compare mixed waste in these bins with waste that is separated at source into two streams.

Comprehensive municipal waste surveys were conducted in 1995 and 2005. Previous, partial surveys were conducted in 1975, 1983 and 1986. This is the first time, however, that such a survey will include industrial waste or waste from the Israel Defense Forces. Comparisons to past surveys, as well as analysis of the updated data learned from the current survey, will help planners understand the changes in waste composition over the years and draw conclusions about future trends in waste.

Local authorities to be included in the survey are: Tel Aviv, Haifa, Hadera, Ramat Gan, Ashdod, Afula, Modi’in, Kiryat Gat, Hatzor Haglilit, Be’er Yaakov, Lehavim, the  Menashe regional council, the Emek Hefer regional council, the Bnei Shimon regional council, Umm al-Fahm, Kafr Qasem, Rahat, Bosmat Tivon, Jasr A’Zarka, and Segev Shalom.