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.