Arab Village Sets Example in Recycling Organic Trash

15 December 2008 By New Israel Fund

An organic recycling project in the Arab village of Ras Al Ayn near Haifa could act as an example for the entire country. The project was initiated by Eretz Carmel – Promoting Sustainability, which is funded by NIF through the Green Environment Fund (GEF).

Each week villagers from about 60 families in Ras Al Ayn bring their organic trash to the home of Naif Sweid. He puts the waste on the compost heap in his back yard and returns it to them as fertilizer. The project was established in 2006 on Moshav (communal village) Kerem Maharal where Eretz Carmel’s founder Amiad Lapidot lives.

With the project now a proven way of reducing garbage and generating cheap fertilizer in both the Jewish and Arab sectors, Eretz Carmel hopes to extend the idea to additional villages and towns in the coming years.

Amiad Lapidot holds a bucket of fertilizer proving that recycling waste pays.

“I think it is viable for 100,000 families to be participating in this recycling project by 2012,” says Lapidot.

Israel currently recycles 20 percent of its waste, less than half the acceptable norm in Western Europe and North America.

GEF is supported within the framework of NIF's Environment Program, which strives to achieve environmental justice for Israel's citizens.