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Jerusalem leads Israel in recycling

The capital recycles more waste than any other city in the country, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics

According to data released by the Central Bureau of Statistics, about 560 tons of waste were collected in Jerusalem in 2021, with about 40% sent for recycling and reuse. 

The city of Jerusalem leads Israel in its percentage of recycling waste, followed by Ramat Gan with 38.1%, Bat Yam with 37% and Tel Aviv-Jaffa with 36.8% 

Unlike other cities, in which some of the recycling is preliminarily done by residents, in Jerusalem most of the recycling is done by a dedicated waste separation plant in the neighborhood of Atarot. Thus, all the waste is supervised and filtered, and as much waste as possible can be recycled. 

In addition to the recycling process at the waste plant, the Municipality of Jerusalem will soon begin placing approximately 2,000 orange-colored recycling bins around the city as a first step towards placing them citywide. 

The GreenNet recycling plant in Atarot, which opened in 2015 after being built at a cost of about 100 million shekels, currently handles about 2,000 tons of waste per day. After the waste arrives at the plant, it is separated mechanically into different types - aluminum, iron, paper and organic material – which are then sold to customers in Israel and around the world. 

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion said, "The cleaning revolution in Jerusalem is expanding to recycling as well. The city's cleanliness is a goal we set for ourselves at the beginning of my term as mayor, and we have achieved it. Now the revolution is expanding to recycling as well. Jerusalem leads the standings in terms of waste recycling among local authorities. The recycling and cleaning momentum is also an integral part of the strategic plan for coping with the climate crisis, and we consider keeping the city clean and green to be of great importance. We will continue this activity for the benefit of all of the city's residents and those who pass through its gates." 

Overall waste collection and recycling data for 2021: 

Total waste collected: 559,342 thousand tons. 

Average waste produced per resident: 1.6 kilos per day. 

Total waste sent for burial: 335,301 thousand tons. 

Total waste sent for reuse and recycling: 224,041 thousand tons. 

The waste sent for recycling included: 

5,507 tons of paper  

25,566 tons of cardboard  

6,826 tons of plastic  

6,488 tons of metal  

3,548 tons of glass  

153,419 tons of organic material  

36,732 tons of pruned material 

An orange recycling bin Artlcle Photo: Municipality of Jerusalem
Recycling bins Artlcle Photo: Municipality of Jerusalem

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