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Several bicycle paths were inaugurated yesterday that will ultimately enable bike riders to circle a large former landfill near Ben-Gurion International Airport.

The 60-meter-high Hiriya dump, which closed in 1998, has been turned into a recycling park - including a waste-treatment facility based on an Israeli system that uses water to separate organic from non-organic waste and an energy center that collects biogas to produce electricity. It will be the main attraction of Ariel Sharon Park, which is due to become Israel's largest park when it is completed in 2020, if all goes according to plan.

Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan was one of several bicyclists who gathered around the Hiriya yesterday to ride around the 25 kilometers of bike paths in the area.

Some of the bike paths connect other parts of the park with the Hiriya area and will eventually reach Tel Aviv.

The next stage will come next month, when the public will be allowed access to an observation point at the top of the former dump, which offers a view that encompasses the Mediterranean Sea and the Judean hills.