Zero waste to landfill from Eurovision event.
By Kirsty Slemint
For the first time in more than 20 years, Israel hosted the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year in Tel Aviv-Yafo.
In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of such a large scale event, the municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo and the Dan Region Association of Towns (Tel Aviv-Yafo, Holon, Ramat Gan, Bat Yam, Bnei Brak and Givatayim) came up with a plan called “zero waste to landfill” which capitalised on their established waste management protocols.
Orange bins (for recycling waste) were sent by the recycling corporation Tamir to a sorting plant to be recycled. Brown bins (for organic waste) were sent to Arrow Ecology for the production of Biogas for electricity and Green bins (for dry waste) were sent to the RDF plant in Hiriya Recycling Park for sorting and the making of fuels for the cement industry.
Further still, single-use plastics were reduced to a minimum and food waste was donated to Leket Israel who rescue nutritious surplus foods and deliver hot meals to those in need.
Though Hiriya Recycling Park are yet to publish the results, initiatives like this are encouraging.