What can be recycled?
All kinds of packaging material apart from glass and cardboard, such as plastic containers used for dairy products and ready-made salads, bags containing dry foodstuffs (e.g. rice and beans) and snack foods, sandwich bags, and personal hygiene packages. Packaging waste also includes metal containers, such as ones used for deodorant bottles, sprays and baby formula, as well as beverage cartons – such as milk and juice cartons.
Where should they be disposed of?
In the orange bins in the trash enclosures in your home or apartment building. Orange bins are currently deployed in 50% of the homes in the city. Due to different construction features in the neighborhoods, alternative solutions are being explored for neighborhoods where orange bins cannot be deployed in homes.
What happens to the packaging waste after being discarded in the orange bins?
The content of the orange bins is collected by the Sanitation Department and taken to a sorting facility in western Rishon Le-Zion.
Using state-of-the-art manual and mechanical sorting technology, the packaging waste is separated by type of material and from there is sent to recycling plants:
Metal – is sent to Hod Assaf Industries and Yehuda Steel, where it is recycled into raw material for use in the construction industry.
Rigid plastic and plastic bags – are sent to the K.B. Industries recycling plant, where they are converted into rubber sheeting for use in the construction industry.
Plastic bottles and beverage cartons – are exported for recycling overseas, where the plastic bottles are converted into raw material for use in the plastics industry.
And most important:
Only empty containers should be discarded in the orange bins. Wet waste, such as food scraps or dirty diapers, can adversely affect the recycling process.