Beach filled with litter Photo: Yitzchak Kodovitzky
The MoEP has announced that it will budget NIS 2.3 million for the Clean Coast Program this year. The money goes toward a variety of program components, including:
- Cleaning the beach (either by machine or manual labor
- Enforcement against polluters
- Educational activities in the country’s schools and youth movements
- Information and publicity activities
Local authorities have until July 15, 2016 to submit requests for funding. Those who receive the funding will be obligated to clean beaches in their areas at least twice a week during swimming season. Beaches that get a lot of marine litter washing up to the shore will have to be cleaned more often, though local authorities can get more money for those beaches.
The MoEP routinely evaluates cleanliness at unauthorized beaches through its Clean Coast Index. The last index, which assessed beach cleanliness between May 13th-24th, found that only 37% of beaches were deemed either clean or very clean.
MoEP Director General Yisrael Dancziger: "The beaches belong to the public, and citizens deserve to enjoy clean and inviting beaches everywhere. We are lending financial support to local authorities, who are responsible for keeping beaches in their areas clean, so that we can have a set policy aimed at keeping beaches clean and reducing risks to the population."