Israel passes U.S., Europe in plastic bottle recycling

A plastic container recycling station in Haifa. Credit: Ra Boe via Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Israel has surpassed the U.S. and Europe in recycling plastic bottles, according to a recently released report by the ELA Recycling Corporation, a private organization that works to promote bottle recycling in Israel.

The report said 54 percent of Israel’s plastic bottles were recycled in 2012, compared to 31.8 percent in the U.S. and 52.4 percent in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.

Data from 2013 shows that Israel recycled 56 percent of its plastic bottles, though figures for the OECD and the U.S. have not been released yet.

Posted on May 19, 2014 .