Piles of waste found on Machmoret Beach Photo: Iris Arbel
The Clean Coast Index is an objective evaluation of the degree of cleanliness at unauthorized Israeli beaches (where swimming is forbidden because there are no lifeguards). It is published every two weeks by the MoEP, throughout the year.
The worst offenders in April were in:
- Eilat: The Hevrat Hahashmal Beach, from northern Dekel until the Dead Sea Works pumping station, and the southern Shmura Beach;
- Jasr a-Zarka: from Taninim Stream until Ceaseria; and
- Gan Raveh.
The cleanest beaches were in:
- Bat Yam: from the city until Rishon Lezion;
- Ashdod; and
- Tel Aviv.
Debris found by MoEP inspectors who assess the beaches includes: garbage, tents, wooden platforms, and bags filled with garbage.
The MoEP calls on Israelis to be especially vigilant over the upcoming Independence Day holiday, and in general. Beach-goers should make sure to collect their garbage, throw out disposable dishes they bring to the beach, and avoid dirtying the shores of Israel. Please note as well that lighting campfires on beaches is against the law.