The Environmental Protection Ministry has granted NIS 7.7 million ($2.08 million) in financial assistance to Arrow Ecology, an environmental management services company, in favor of building a domestic organic waste treatment facility in Hiriya – the site is a former landfill southeast of Tel Aviv.
Hiriya was decommissioned several years ago and has since been turned into a waste transfer station, a recycling park and an environmental education center.
According to a statement on the ministry's website, the facility is expected to handle 201 tons of domestic waste per day during the first stage of operations, and subsequently produce some 2 megawatts of electricity and 100 tons of compost, a day.
Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan said that, "The recycling revolution that I am leading will completely change our lives. Waste, which until now has been considered a nuisance, is now becoming raw material that can be used to produce cheap green electricity, instead of burning more polluting coal.
The ministry has already appropriated NIS 12 million ($3.24 million) in order to form six similar facilities throughout the country, within the next two years.