A new waste collection plant near Tel Aviv has begun processing trash from an endless stream of garbage trucks, turning much of it into fuel for a nearby factory. Edward Baran reports.
These mountains of trash could have ended up in landfill. Instead they'll be turned into fuel for a nearby factory at this plant near Tel Aviv. It uses waste to create what's known as Refuse Derived Fuel or RDF -- handling 1,500 tonnes of trash from the city each day. SOUNDBITE, FIRST DEPUTY MAYOR OF TEL AVIV AND CHAIRMAN OF THE REGION'S RECYCLING CENTRE, DORON SAPIR, SAYING (English): "So what you see here behind us is the biggest facility on the world, biggest separation unit for producing RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel). It is a huge step for Israel towards good environment, better environment and we hope in the future to build other facilities." The recyclables like paper and metals are separated out. The rest is mostly turned into small bits of dry, high energy RDF that's sent to Israel's main cement factory, where it's burned instead of fossil fuel. RDF is now globally recognized as a more environmentally friendly fuel source and is commonly used to power the cement industry It all means the residents of Tel Aviv can feel that bit less guilty about the amount of garbage they throw out.