Israel running out of landfill space


In three to four years, Israel will have no more approved landfill spaces, suggests a new report released Monday by State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman.

According to the report, Israelis generated 680 kg (1,500 lbs) of waste per capita on average in 2019, compared to an OECD average of 538 kg (1,186 lbs).

The state comptroller’s review also showed that 68% of Israel’s waste is buried in its southern region. In 2020, 3.15 million of the 4.66 million tonnes of waste from across the country was landfilled in the south.

The survey also revealed that in 2020, Israel only had enough room for 14.41 million tons of waste. Five landfills are scheduled to close in 2022, and in three to four years Israel is expected to run out of landfill space.

State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman also noted that over the past decade, the country’s annual waste volume has increased by about 2.6 percent per year.

“This increase requires local authorities to plan for a more efficient waste disposal system and use advanced tools to collect data and provide residents with more adequate service,” Englman said.

“It should be noted that the waste disposal services of the non-Jewish authorities are inferior to those of the Jewish authorities. In recent years, several government decisions have been taken to allocate budgets to help these authorities, but they have not been fully implemented.

Israel is expected to have less landfill space, even as the amount of waste increases. The crisis caused by the lack of funds requires that all the elements concerned, led by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, work together to find appropriate solutions and implement them. Local authorities must act to reduce waste generation and reduce the amount of waste going to landfills.”


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