ISRAEL, Aug. 3, 2021 (Press Release) -Minister of Environmental Protection Tamar Zandberg said that “This is another significant step in getting Israelis to cut their addiction to disposable plastics that damage the environment. It will cause the public to do the right thing to help preserve our seashores and open areas from trash for this and future generations.”
The action by the government on Aug. 2 will have the effect of cutting people’s negative habit of massive buying utensils made of plastic, through a tax of 11 shekels per kilogram that will be levied on the manufacture or import of these utensils, doubling the price to the consumer. The tax will be based on the weight of the individual disposable items.
Israelis spend on disposable utensils 1.2 billion shekels yearly; that amount increases yearly and doubles in a decade. The average per capita consumption of such goods in the European Union is 1.5 kilograms a year; while in Israel the rate is 7.5 kilograms per capita per year.
Use of plastic utensils ultimately shortens life expectancy and also causes environmental damage through great accumulations of trash, polluting the seafronts and constituting a real threat to the Israeli climate and health environment.
The new tax will bring about a change in people’s habits in a flexible manner, making the use of non-disposable utensils a more attractive option, The principle is that ”the polluter pays.” This means that the user of disposables will bear in a significant manner the cost of environmental harm, causing a reduction in the desire to purchase disposable items by some 40%.