Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced that the ₪13 million Sanitation Reform that he initiated will begin in the coming weeks. It is a very significant program approved over the last few years with the goal of immediately bringing about an improvement to Jerusalem’s cleanliness.
Among the planned activities of the sanitation reform:
• The addition of 100 new sanitation workers to the sanitation system, of which 63 will be manual sweepers in the city’s neighborhoods.
• The addition of around 30 employees in 12 new waste-collection teams that will work in new routes. They will ensure that trash is collected at a frequency of up to 6 times per week, with waste being collected twice per day in high-traffic public and commercial areas that have high concentrations of waste.
• An additional daily back-up team will be in place, whose role is to provide on-the-spot solutions according to need.
These are joining a program that already began a number of months ago, through which the traditional green trash bins were removed from neighborhoods and replaced with 400 underground storage containers. The containers will significantly improve the quality of life and cleanliness, as well as the carrying out of garbage disposal. As of today, more than 100 underground containers have been constructed in the city’s neighborhoods.
This is the program’s first step, which is expected to expand with the goal of leading to the recognizable improvement of the cleaning and sanitation services currently provided. The reform was formulated in cooperation with the Operations Administration, the Sanitation Department, and Head of the Sanitation Workers’ Union, Gili Gorni.
Mayor Barkat emphasized that “we have guaranteed that in the 50th year of Jerusalem’s reunification, we will embark upon many programs that will change the face of the city and which will tangibly improve its quality of life, thanks to the budgets that we have obtained. The program approved today proves more than anything that we are keeping our word. The cleaning and sanitation services are an important part of the quality of life of the city’s residents, and I am sure that the carrying out of this program will contribute greatly to the city’s quality of life and will improve the cityscape.”