Jerusalem Citywide Cleanliness Reform Moves to the Next Level
Long term quality of life in a clean city.
External companies will be employed to complete the task of keeping the city’s neighborhoods clean. This important phase comes in addition to the Saturday night garbage collection project, which has been reaping great praise and is expected to expand to all areas of the city. Saturday night garbage collection significantly facilitates Sunday morning collection, eases neighborhood traffic congestion, reduces residents’ complaints and greatly contributes to the city’s cleanliness and quality of life.
The mayor is working on reforms in cooperation with the employees and with the agreement of the Histadrut. Mayor Moshe Lion: “We are making very significant progress in the cleanliness reform which I announced before my election – expansion of the city’s cleaning system. The city’s environmental appearance in which we live and quality of life in the city are central factors in all areas of progress – social, economic, socioeconomic and employment. I believe a clean and well-kept city will attract strong residents, successful businesses and development projects, thereby leading to economic development and increased employment. This is all being done with the cooperation of the employees and the Histadrut, with their agreement and understanding of the underlying need. I would like to thank my friend, Danny Bonfill, Chairman of the Histadrut in Jerusalem, for his work, understanding the need and joint realization.
Jerusalem’s cleanliness reform includes a number of key components – complete and effective garbage collection throughout the city and the neighborhoods, including Saturday nights; the addition of cleaning companies working in the streets and the neighborhoods; the addition of public toilets throughout the city and thoroughly maintaining their cleanliness; setting specific days for collection of yard cuttings and special trash; removal of abandoned vehicles throughout the city thereby freeing up additional parking spaces; upgrading streets, cleaning the facades of historical and preserved buildings, and enforcement. We will continue making every effort for the welfare of our residents, the city’s cleanliness and our quality of life. I’m here – for you!”
Jerusalem Histadrut Chairman Danny Bonfill: “We have a deep understanding of the need for cleanliness in the city and the need for improving residents’ quality of life. The cleanliness reform is being implemented in cooperation with the Histadrut and the employees. As part of the reform we have formulated a voluntary retirement program for the division’s senior employees. In addition, unproductive municipal employees will be laid off, as well as temporary employees, as necessary. The cleaning companies that will augment the work of the division will handle manual sweeping, and I am certain the change in the city’s appearance will soon be felt. I would like to emphasize that as part of the program, permanent employees will not be laid off, except unproductive employees. I want to let the the division’s loyal and dedicated employees know that not a hair on their head will be harmed.”