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Changes in Recycling Services in Modiin - Orange Bin Replacing Brown Bin

Based on a press release of the municipality's spokesperson from Feb 12th 2020.
Last Updated: over 2 weeks ago

During 2020, Modiin residents will start to recycle packaging waste in orange bins, which will be placed in garbage rooms and recycling spots around the city.

During the same period, the brown bins used for organic waste will be removed -since the RDF plant where the waste from Modiin is processed uses an innovative (non-human contact) sorting process, which separates all types of waste, including the organic waste, which is transferred to composting plants at the end of the process. This removes the need for brown bins.

It is very important to note that there is no change regarding the other recycling bins in the city - we continue to throw paper in the blue bins, and the clothes, plastic and glass bottles, still get disposed of in their designated bins at the various recycling points in the city.

What are the orange bins

Residents will be requested to use the orange bins for the disposal of packaging waste from packaged products. Detailed guidance will be provided as the bins are placed in the neighborhoods.

The Tamir Corporation, working in collaboration with the local authorities, is responsible for the collection of the packaging waste, processing the waste by recycling and not by burying it in environmentally harmful landfills.

What to do in the meantime without a brown or orange bin

Until the process of replacing the brown bins with the orange bins in the garbage rooms and recycling centers in the city is complete, all the waste will be disposed of in the green bins and will, as is done today, be transferred to the Hiriya waste processing site where it will be sorted using the RDF method, which effectively sorts mixed municipal garbage, including organic waste.

What happens to the organic waste and how is the sorting carried out

The RDF plant, which is the pioneer in Israel and one of the largest in the world, turns waste into a resource.

The sorting is done without human contact, using mechanical and optical technology, so that:

  • Recyclable products (for example paper, cardboard, metals) and organic waste - are separated and shipped to complementary processing plants.
  • The dry leftovers (mainly plastics, as well as wood and textiles) - are sorted, shredded and sent as an alternative fuel to the Nesher factory in Ramla, which is one of the largest energy consumers in the country. This fuel is called RDF and it replaces the fuel that comes from oil.

At the end of the sorting process, the waste is transferred by type to various destinations:

  • Recyclable waste (4%-6%) is sold to various recycling plants around the country.
  • Organic waste (20%-30%) is transferred to composting plants.
  • The remaining dry waste (25%-30%) is transported to a shredder facility, where it is cut into particles of 15-25 mm in diameter and transported by truck to the Nesher plant in Ramla.

In accordance with these changes and as part of the process of introducing the orange bins, the brown bin is no longer needed.

The process of placing the orange bins is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

For more details on the municipality's website click here!

For more details on the Hiriya website - which describes exactly how the process works, and also offer the option to co-ordinate guided tours - click here!

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