A preliminary tender has been published for the construction of a plant in the center of the country to produce green electricity from waste. Every day, the plant will handle double the amount of daily waste produced in Tel Aviv. The Environmental Protection Ministry declares the plant to be the largest such recycling facility in the Middle East.
Israel has announced plans to build the largest recycling plant in the Middle East, producing "green" electricity from the 1,000 tons of waste it will take in each day, Maariv reports.
The largest recycling plant in the Middle East has hit the road
October 28, 2012
October 29 2012
The plant, expected to begin operating in 2016, will handle more than a thousand tons of waste every day and will include an organic waste treatment system that uses anaerobic digestion to produce "green" electricity and fertilizer from the by-products. This is done by passing the raw sewage through special anaerobic pools in which the waste undergoes decomposition without the presence of oxygen.
The Environmental Protection Ministry explains that “recycling waste on such a large scale will reduce landfilling and the resultant pollution, and also avoid the ‘waste’ of land used in landfilling.
“The tender for the establishment of an organic waste treatment facility is another step toward the implementation of the government's policy to promote renewable energy production. Thus, this project joins the tender for the construction of a solar energy plant in Ashalim that is being promoted by the Accountant General,” said Treasury Accountant General Michal Abadi-Boiangiu.
“Israel is rapidly approaching the recycling standards of developed countries,” added Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan. “All over the world, it is already understood that turning waste into a resource is a must in modern economies. This not only creates new jobs and allows for energy production that does not harm the environment, but it also reduces dependence on oil."