Citing Environmental Concerns, Tel Aviv Bans Disposables on Beaches

70 percent of trash found on Tel Aviv beaches is from disposable plastic containers

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Trash washed ashore at the Tel Aviv Port, March 8, 2019.
Trash washed ashore at the Tel Aviv Port, March 8, 2019.Credit: Meged Gozani
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The Tel Aviv municipality took a significant step towards banning disposable products on the city's beaches on Tuesday, citing their environmental impact.

Haaretz Weekly Ep. 72

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The city approved an amendment to a municipal by-law, prohibiting both the use and sale of single-use products at its beaches. The amendment was approved through a municipal meeting held via video conference.

Once the amendment passes for approval to the Interior Ministry, Tel Aviv beach visitors will not be allowed to bring disposable products with them, such as those made from plastic, aluminum, cardboard or paper, if they are not designed for re-use by the manufacturer. The ban includes cutlery, cups, plates, bowls and alcoholic drink containers made from these materials.

According to city statistics, every season more than eight million people visit Tel Aviv’s beaches, including tourists and city residents. More than 70 percent of waste found at beaches in the city is from disposable plastic containers.

The amendment to the by-law, which was promoted by Deputy Mayor Reuven Ladianski, will still allow people to take non-alcoholic drinks in plastic bottles, lids and stirrers to the beach. The municipality also said it would issue garbage bags for people to use, adding that in the near future, a campaign to reduce the use of stirrers and coffee cup lids is expected to begin.

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