Jerusalem to place packaging recycling bins throughout capital

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

A Jerusalem municipality spokesman says that the city will soon start placing orange recycling bins across the capital, in a move that will bring it into line with 93 other local authorities serving some 4.5 million Israelis.

The orange bins are for packaging waste, which includes such items as shampoo bottles, cartons, tin cans, and plastic bags.

The city has long resisted the orange containers because, unlike other municipalities, it set up a waste sorting facility some years ago. The business deal signed with that facility, Greenet, in Atarot in northern Jerusalem, has allowed Greenet to sort potentially recyclable items out from the general trash and sell them.

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