The news elicited mixed reactions from environmental groups, some of which thought a larger parcel should be designated as parkland.
Within three years, about 500,000 households will be expected to sort their trash.
A new proposal to allow for the building of legally planned Bedouin villages over or in place of existing ones has won the support of a state body, though not the Bedouin themselves.
The land, mostly under traditional terraced cultivation, belongs to residents of the Palestinian village of Walajeh.
Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan slams the Water Authority's conservation campaign, saying that instead of encouraging long-term conservation it is paving the way for Israelis to resume their wasteful habits.
The Interior Ministry and other bodies say they're balancing the interests of nature with those of business