Legal basis

The Israel's Packaging Law 2011 imposes direct responsibility on manufacturers and importers which place in the Israeli market packaged products with more than 1 ton of packaging each year, to recycle its packaging waste, according to annual targets set out in the Law:

  • General targets – 2012: 40%; 2013: 50%; 2014: 55%; and 2015: 60%
  • Specific targets for each type of the following materials: Plastic, Paper Cardboard, Glass, Metal, and Wood.

In addition, the manufacturers and importers are obliged to fully fund the separation, collection, sorting and recycling systems implemented by the local authorities in Israel.

The fulfillment of the above obligations has to be done through a company which is authorized by the Ministry of Environment as a Packaging Recovery Organization.

Fact and figures

Data 2012


7.7 mil.

No. of local authorities

40 municipalities in the system
1.5 mil. inhabitants covered by system

No. of companies in system

500 membres

Packaging introduced to the market

300,000 tons

representing about 45% of all packaging materials brought onto the Israeli market

Recovered waste

190,000 tons of packaging were recycled

Types of packaging

Household and Industrial packaging

Packaging organisation/s in Israel: