In the South
Intrepid Southland Wastebusters secretary Jenny Campbell spent time in Israel recently and found there was more to waste minimisation and recycling there than meets the eye.
Jenny reports, for instance, that food waste from most restaurants and shops is collected and composted locally, while container deposit legislation seems to be a great motivator for recycling of glass, plastic bottles and aluminium cans.
This law means that there is a 0.3ILS deposit (about 10 New Zealand cents) on most beverage containers, which is collected at the point of sale. When the container is returned to a recycling centre, or to the original seller, the deposit is refunded.
Businesses are required to accept bottles if they sold them.
Israel is also home to Hiria recycling park, one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world. This 60 metre high mound is quite spectacular and less than a decade ago was an active landfill. The landfill is now closed down and produces biogas, recovering glass and metal in the process, while the gas is sold and piped to a nearby textile factory.
This year the park will add a recycling plant for tyres, one for building materials, and another that turns plant prunings into ground cover that will help to conserve irrigation water.
For more waste information, contact your local council or environment centre. To join Wastebusters, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Southland Times