The Israeli government is initiating an electronic waste recycling programme to minimise the incidence of e-waste in the country. The project, formed through the collaboration of three ministries including the environment ministry and the social affairs ministry, was initiated to encourage a new kind of green business – one that is eco-friendly, job-creating and lucrative, said a government release last week.
The government has reported a lack of space in public landfills to dump discarded electronic equipment in. These e-waste in many cases contain toxic chemicals, like mercury, that can be absorbed by groundwater sources.
To solve the problem, the government is introducing a programme that promotes the recycling of electronic equipment among citizens and businesses.
The project, formed through the collaboration of three ministries including the environment ministry and the social affairs ministry, was initiated to encourage a new kind of green business – one that is eco-friendly, job-creating and lucrative, said a government release last week.
Under the programme, citizens will be asked to donate old computer equipment, among them old monitors, hard drives and keyboards, to start-up businesses that hire employees with physical disabilities. The goal is to recycle and classify usable parts, while gaining profit.
The government will allot about US$600,000, which will be distributed to existing or new firms that fit the above criteria.
According to information from the ministries, the tender will be announced at the latter part of 2011. Companies are mandated to furnish a business proposal encompassing a two-year period showing that the enterprise will be sustainable to the environment and profitable.
Reports pose the current waste recycling rate in Israeli households and industries has surged from 3 per cent in the 1990s to almost 30 per cent in recent years. . The environment ministry aims to reach a 50- percent recycling rate by 2020.
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