Alarming trend: Israel among world leaders in plastic waste

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 Alarming trend: Israel among world leaders in plastic waste

Each year, Israelis spend more than $500 million on plastic tableware that ends up in the sea and on beaches.

According to Ynet, Israel is among the world leaders in plastic waste.

Research has repeatedly placed Israelis among the world's top leaders in per capita use of single-use plastic – Israelis use nearly five times as much per person as EU residents, according to the Ministry of the Environment.< br />
At the end of 2021, the previous Israeli government imposed a tax on single-use plastic tableware in an attempt to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the country. According to the Ministry of the Environment, higher prices for single-use plastic products hit the pockets of many Israelis, resulting in a 50 percent reduction in the use of such plastic.

Plastic waste is the biggest pollution problem on Israeli beaches. From 70 to 90 percent of the waste found in the sea and sand, — it is a disposable plastic. And Israel's beaches, especially in and around Tel Aviv, are some of the most plastic-polluted in the entire Mediterranean region.

Plastic Free Israel is behind many small and large beach cleanups in Israel. The organization fears that now that the tax is lifted and prices are lowered, Israelis will run back to the shops and forget about the consequences, and that any progress made last year on the spread of plastic will be reversed.

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