Intake of NIS. 220 million to subsidiary Electra Infrastructures ● Residents to insert garbage separated by type into designated apertures, saving on collection by Tel Aviv Municipality vehicles

Gai Nerdi   29 March 2022   13:36

Electra Group, via its subsidiary Electra Infrastructures, won the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality tender to execute planning, setup, operation and maintenance of the pneumatic garbage collection system in the new neighborhood slated for the Sde Dov site in north Tel Aviv. Intake from this project is anticipated in the vicinity of NIS. 220 million. Work on the project is expected to last 48 to 60 months. The operational and maintenance period will be some 6 years.

Automated pneumatic garbage collection systems are the advanced alternative to conventional garbage truck collection. The new system involves nothing more than residents inserting garbage separated by type into designated apertures located at publicly accessible points in the building or its external spaces.
Separated collection requires the resident to separate home garbage and insert it into the appropriate aperture. It then transitions down pipes to the central collection point and from there is either transferred for handling or removed to the landfill. A central control system directs garbage collection without any need of human involvement other than maintenance.

Itamar Deutscher, CEO, Electra
(Photo: Tal GIvoni)

A techno-economic analysis on usage of pneumatic systems conducted in 2015 by the Samuel Neamn Institute at the Technion found that the reduced need of human resources, vehicles, and fuel for garbage collection saves on ongoing garbage collection costs. A further advantage of this system is the drastically lowered emission of pollutants, noise, traffic jams, and lost time throughout the neighborhood, due to the vastly reduced need for municipal vehicles to vacate garbage. The customary lobby level “garbage room” also becomes extraneous, increasing the building’s publicly accessible space.

The Sde Dov plan is part of a much greater blueprint known as TA 3700, authorized in 2015. Detailed TABA (Town Building Planning) plans were authorized in 2018 for 5 separate areas of construction. The overall plan, covering some 1,900 dunams (190 hectares) provides for construction of some 13,500 residential units, some 60,000 sq.m. of hotel space enabling 1,500 hotel rooms, about 15,000 sq.m. of employment space, and some 70,000 sq.m. of commercial space. Public structures account for approximately 20 hectares. A framework was also set for developing and establishing a shoreline park of 40 hectares. Ownership of the area included in the plans is shared by thousands of private rights holders, the Israel Lands Authority, and the Tel Aviv Municipality.