Ministry offices to stop using almost all disposable plasticware

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

The government agrees to stop ordering single-use cutlery and crockery for its ministries and institutions and for state events.

The move, proposed by Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg, is aimed at setting an example to the public to help reduce plastic waste.

Disposable cups will be allowed only for members of the public in places where more than 100 of them visit every day.

Several individual ministries, such as the Environmental Protection and Foreign ministries, have already banned disposable plastic kitchenware.

In 2019, the latest year for which figures are available, the state spent more than five million shekels on single-use plastic.

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