Israel to invest in waste-to-energy plants

Israel is launching a plan worth 2.8 billion new shekels (774 million U.S. dollars) to establish waste-to-energy plants, Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection said Monday.

The plan’s budget covers the establishment of facilities nationwide, each of which will treat 1,000-1,500 tons of waste per day.

According to the ministry, about 5.2 million tons of urban waste is produced annually in Israel, with an average increase of 1.8 percent per year, but only 22 percent of it is transferred for recycling while the rest is buried in landfill sites.

To establish the plants, Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection and Ministry of Finance asked for proposals from municipal and private companies with suitable lands.

At the end of this process, up to six companies will be selected, each of whom will receive government support of 2 million new shekels.

In addition, Ministry of Environmental Protection is initiating the setting up of four biological waste treatment facilities, each of which is expected to handle about 600 tons of waste per day, with government support of 400 million new shekels.

The establishment of the facilities is part of the ministry’s long-term strategic plan, aiming at reducing the rate of urban waste landfill in Israel to 26 percent by 2030.