The idea of recycling paper towels and other waste paper is relatively new.
But for a landfill in the heart of Jerusalem, this is not the only way to do it.
The waste paper factory is located in the northern part of the city, where the city’s Palestinian residents live, and is currently undergoing a modernization project that will reduce its CO2 emissions by up to 30 percent.
According to its website, it recycles all types of paper and is “designed to be a modern, eco-friendly waste paper facility that offers low cost and a low impact on the environment.”
The company’s website also states that it uses “the most environmentally friendly paper processing technology” and that it “has a dedicated recycling facility.”
According to the Israeli NGO, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which promotes Palestinian rights and democracy, the waste paper industry is a major source of CO2 pollution in Israel.
The organization said that, “In 2013, CO2 emitted by Israel’s landfill in Jerusalem amounted to 6,847 tons of CO 2 per day.
This is a third of the total CO2 generated by the city of Jerusalem itself.”
In response to the news of the landfill, Palestinian civil society groups have taken to the streets of Jerusalem to protest the factory’s operations and urge the Israeli government to end the factory.
“The idea that paper towels are good for the environment is nonsense,” said Yousef Zaki, director of the Palestine Center for Solidarity with the Palestinian People, in an interview with Al Jazeera.
“If they are not recycled, the landfill will burn and they will end up with methane gas.”