At our sixth annual recycling conference, held in June 2014, we revealed that the commercial sector constitutes a substantial share of the country's organic trash.
“Think how much food is wasted in supermarkets, hospitals, hotels and restaurants,” says Roy Kozer, head of our recycling department. “Nobody knows how much produce is left to rot in the fields because supermarkets refuse to buy undersized bananas or oversized cucumbers. We can't assess how much food is really wasted because Israel lacks organic waste monitoring regimes and regulations”.
Our study shows the potential to recycle 100 thousand tons of commercial organic waste a year. This will significantly increase Israel's separation at source efforts and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and discarded in open spaces.
In the age of abundance, organic matter makes up 40% of Israel's solid waste. The public has already proven its willingness to recycle organic waste at home with more than 43 local authorities participating in separation at source projects. However, no-one is tackling the problem of commercial organic waste.