The residents protested against the existence of a waste disposal site and plans to build polluting factories in the area.
During the demonstration, the protesters blocked Route 444 and waved signs which read "My house is not a dump site." Among the protesters were school students from Shaar Efraim.
The residents claim that the State has turned their region into "Israel's backyard and one of the most polluted areas in the country." They hope to dissuade other entrepreneurs from setting up a cement factory that will increase pollution in the area.
The residents further demanded that the Environmental Protection Ministry withhold the factory's permit until it meets the legal guidelines, halt construction demolish the structure and remove the illegal yard waste site.