Each of us produces an average of about 2 kg of waste a day. The materials from which packaging is made take many years to decompose, but they can be recycled. That way, instead of being dumped in a landfill and polluting the soil and water we drink, the materials can get a new life. Your shampoo bottle, for example, can become a flower pot and cheer you up every morning. All you need to do is sort the packages at home for recycling.
The first step starts at home, by collecting and sorting the packages and disposing of them in designated bins for each type of material: for example, plastic, metal and cardboard in the orange bin.
You ate, drank, had fun – and recycled?
The planet is grateful!
Come and check out where the packages you sorted at home end up.
The packaging materials which you have sorted and dumped in the appropriate containers (orange, blue, purple) are collected separately on designated collection days.
The packages in the orange bin are taken to three sorting centers: Afula, Eilat and Rishon LeZion. At the centers, they are sorted using advanced technology into seven types of materials: metal, milk and juice cartons, and four different types of plastic.
The packages are pressed into large cubes of different materials and sent to recycling plants, mostly in Israel. Once there, the materials are washed, shredded and melted into a new raw material for the production of new products for Israeli industries.
As stipulated in the Packaging Law, local authorities, having been defined as “in-charge of waste collection,” are obliged to determine the guidelines regarding the sorting of packaging waste, as well as to set a schedule for the collection and disposal of sorted packaging waste.
According to the policy of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, local authorities may determine one of the following sorting methods for packaging waste:
Under this system, there will be two designated retention vessels, one for packaging waste mixed with the rest of the dry waste, and the other for wet waste. The process of sorting the packaging waste will be completed once the dry waste arrives at the transit station.
A designated container for packaging waste (orange), along with a container for dry waste, and a wet waste container (for the three-track method), or along with a mixed (wet-dry) container for the Packaging Waste method.