Tel Aviv - Israel's environment ministry said it has begun a national campaign aimed at enforcing the tyre disposal and recycling law, introduced in July this year.
During the campaign, Green Police inspectors visited 114 tyre repair shops, provided explanations and distributed information sheets on the new law, and checked compliance with the law, especially in terms of proper storage and disposal of used tyres.
The results showed that three months after the entrance of the law into effect, tyre importers and Israel's sole tyre manufacturer (Alliance Tire Company Ltd.) have begun to collect used tyres from repair shops, but not necessarily at the necessary frequency. On the one hand, this represents a major improvement in comparison to conditions prior to the law and demonstrates that steps are slowly being introduced to deal with the problem of waste tyres. On the other hand, in 87 out of 114 shops visited, flaws in compliance were discovered, mostly in relation to the storage of used tyres.
Environmental Protection Minister Gideon Ezra said that in light of the results of the campaign and the importance of implementing the law, he will instruct Green Police inspectors to expand their enforcement activities to additional shops and to revisit those shops to which warnings were issued in order ensure that used tyres are indeed stored and treated in a manner that prevents environmental nuisances, especially water accumulation in tyres which then become mosquito breeding sites.
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Press release from Israeli environment ministry