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Environment Ministry announces $75 million grant to boost composting

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

Rich compost ready for use. (NormanAck, CC-BY, via wikipedia)
Rich compost ready for use. (NormanAck, CC-BY, via wikipedia)

The Environmental Protection Ministry announces a NIS 250 million ($75 million) grant to boost recycling of organic waste, which accounts for around a third of the 5.8 million tons of municipal waste generated annually.

Of the 5.8 million tons, around 77 percent is sent to landfill, which pollutes the ground and groundwater, emits global warming gases, takes up valuable land and forgoes the value of recycling soil-enriching compost in the case of organic waste.

The ministry’s policy is to have organic waste separated at source rather than thrown away by homes, businesses and factories together with other trash, and to turn it into compost.

The cash, for which local authorities and their companies are invited to submit requests, will be used to create, upgrade and operate indoor biocomposting facilities, which use microbes to break down organic matter in oxygen-free conditions.

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