Turning a garbage mountain into something worth visiting

How Israel’s biggest eye-sore is being turned into a massive public park and recycling education center.

A quarter of all the waste produced in Israel ends up at Hiriya, a huge landfill site not far west of Tel Aviv. Now, Hiriya is being transformed into a 2,000-acre model public park in the most complex environmental project in Israel.

While the Hiriya park won’t be ready until 2020, the tip already houses a recycling education center, which is open to the public.

The garbage that gets trucked into the park is sorted and recycled using advanced technology by Arrow Ecology, a world leader in the treatment of waste products. Last year, the UN gave Hiriya the world’s first prize in clean development of a landfill.

Every year, thousands of Israeli schoolchildren come to learn about the impact of trash on the environment, and the importance of reducing, recycling and reusing.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gabor-Frankl/1248713372 Gabor Fränkl

    Please change the location of “west of Tel Aviv”. It’s total nonsense. It’s correctly, *east of* the city of TLV. Thnx!

  • headman88

    In Jerusalem, we recycled all our plastic and paper for several years, but I have never seen a bin for glass or metal.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5DUSSPPDXTFMHN7G5A6TSPP2PA Anthony

    Wonder if any microbial biotechnology is used in the process. I am advocating its use in landfill mining so that the recovery process is sanitary, the toxics and leachates are treated, and the contents are converted to RDF, compost etc. The end result is that precious land can be used for other more productive purposes.