The MoEP’s Green Police found that Compost Shluchot violated the conditions of its business permit between March 2013 and December 2014, by taking in much more sludge than allowed by the permit. It then submitted reports with falsified numbers to the MoEP and to its host kibbutz. As a result, the company earned more than NIS 1 million in unreported profits. That money was paid to a company that agreed to collect sludge from WWTPs in Haifa, Acre, and Netanya, and deliver it directly to agricultural fields before treatment. This was instead of delivering it to Compost Shluchot, which was is supposed to treat the sludge and turn it into fertilizer.
Until it is treated, this sludge contains toxins and heavy metals with dangerous concentrations of coliform and other fecal bacteria. It causes severe environmental hazards, including contaminated water sources, dirt, and an intolerable odor. Food that is grown in untreated fertilizer is banned from human consumption.
Because of the falsified reports, it is unclear how much untreated sludge was disposed of in the fields.