The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) will allocate some NIS 8.6 million to the rocket-battered city of Sderot in southern Israel. The money will go toward promoting recycling and installing modern underground waste bins throughout the city. Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz made that announcement during a meeting with Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi, during a visit to Sderot on Monday, August 5th.
Just over half of the MoEP’s Sderot budget – NIS 4.6 million – will go toward separation of waste-at-source, a program being gradually implemented throughout the country to encourage residents to divide their trash into different streams in their homes. To this end, Sderot residents will receive brown bins, where they will be expected to throw their leftover food and organic waste. This organic waste will be recycled, and used to produce green electricity and fertilizer, instead of being thrown into landfills, where it would contribute to contamination of the soil, air, and water. More than 1 million Israelis are already separating their waste at-source, a key to the Recycling Revolution.
As mentioned above, the money will also pay for underground waste bins. These will reduce odors and spreading of pests, while also improving the appearance of the city by preventing the scattering of garbage and reducing the number of large bins on the street. In addition, fewer garbage trucks will be required to collect the trash, due to the large size of the underground bins.
Minister Peretz: "The government is must prove that we are not only embracing the south during wartime, but also when it comes to routine matters. Therefore, we came [to the south] to see how we can help. And we certainly found areas in which they require assistance, such as agricultural waste and the quality of the environment in general. I believe that this is the way to give residents of the south the feeling that, indeed, we are standing with them."
Peretz also visited the Eshkol, Sdot Hanegev, and Sha’ar Hanegev regional councils, and also promised funding for them – to go toward both the Recycling Revolution and enforcement of environmental laws. They will receive NIS 1.64 million, NIS 800,000, and NIS 1.4, respectively. In addition, the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council will receive NIS 520,000. The sums are determined, among other things, based on the number of residents in an area.