The Environmental Protection Unit aims are providing solutions to environmental nuisances and to the extent possible – to prevent them from the outset.
The unit is subordinate to the Commerce and Industry Administration in the Municipality of Holon and is the municipal authority in charge of supervision and enforcement of environmental aspects in the fields of industries, education and planning in the city of Holon and in the Azur Council.
The Unit's objectives
Reducing environmental risks at the Industrial Zone and rehabilitation of damaged environment.
Preserving clean water sources according to standards.
Raising residents' awareness to environmental protection and participating in environmental projects.
Maintaining building and environment planning according to legally defined environmental standards.
Aras of activity
The Environmental Protection Unit is in charge of promoting environmental education and information in the community in general and in education institutions in particular.
Services we provide in education institutions
Operating and learning system for schools interested in operating programs in environmental protection topics, such as the international project "Globe" which is part of the program "Man, Society, Homeland and Environment".
Professional counseling and guidance for works of pupils and students.
Producing learning and information materials.
Organizing professional trainings.
Services we provide in the community
Organizing "Green Days" in the community, communal centers, youth movements etc.
"Sponsor a Site" project.
Services we provide at the information center
Operating an information center that offers a variety of unique auxiliary materials in environmental education including counseling and location of information according to requests, namely:
Educational programs and lesson plans
Addresses in websites
Articles and newspaper clips
Videos and slides
Environmental planning is the key in preventing environmental nuisances anticipated from future projects. Planning is the first stage in the various Municipality licensing systems, hence its considerable importance in detecting faults in early stages of projects.
Dealing with environmental planning in Holon includes several aspects:
• Metropolitan plans
Involvement in metropolitan plans such as BRT (Bus rapid transit).
Providing comments on environmental issues and references to surveys of plans' influence on the environment.
• Urban building plans
Reviewing urban building plans and providing comments on environmental issues, writing environmental appendices to plans, reviewing plans' appendices and surveys of plans' influence on the environment.
• Building permits
Reviewing plans and providing environmental instructions for building permit applications for certain industrial, commerce and public buildings, such as health maintenance organizations.
The Environmental Protection Unit is a central licensing authority in the application process for building permits of cellular companies interested to install antennas.
The Unit reviews the antennas' safety surveys and plans.
Sub-committees and local committees
The environment designer is a representative of the Environmental Protection Minister at the sub-committee and local committees in the municipality.
Participating in the committees is crucial and provides an opportunity to make comments regarding the plans presented in the committees.
The Environmental Protection Unit deals with the following aspects of industries:
• Hazardous materials
The Unit performs:
Inspections in plants (providing guidance and requirements to plants, supervision and enforcement following complying with the requirements).
Handling applications for poison permits (reviewing plant files, emergency procedures, safe storage plans, risk evaluations).
Handling hazardous materials events.
Handling business license applications.
Handling public complaints.
Promotion of special projects (emergency booklet for the Industrial Zone).
Enforcement projects (transportation of hazardous materials).
There are 111 plants in the Industrial Zone which are defined as "dangerous plants".
These plants have been classified into various categories according to the nature of their activities.
Since the Unit was founded, there has been a substantial decrease in the number of events involving hazardous materials, due to extensive supervision and enforcement efforts.
• Industrial sewage
The Unit focuses on compliance with environmental regulations and laws in plants and businesses in order to preserve water sources and prevent pollutions by:
Ongoing inspections in plants and businesses.
Supervision and enforcement of waste removal as required.
Inspecting plants' sewage treatment systems.
• Air quality
The Unit inspects emitted gases from industrial plans (fixed pollutants) and vehicles (mobile pollutants). Vehicles pollutants are inspected as part of projects carried out in the city on a monthly-bi-monthly basis.
In addition, there is an air monitoring station in Holon that measures population pollutants as well as meteorological data. The station is located on the roof of Kugel School on Hahistadrut Street.
Industry plants and businesses which present pollution potential are under supervision and enforcement, such as: carpentry shops, dye workshops, food plants etc.
There is a focus on examining residents' complaints as to noise nuisances. The Unit is capable of handling complaints about noise nuisances when the noise comes from sources such as an industrial plant or a business.
We also handle plants which present potential environmental noise nuisances.
Radiation is a top priority in environmental design and is handled by setting strict conditions for installing cellular antennas.
We also inspect radiation safety reports as part of the conditions to approve the antennas.
Residents' approaches regarding environmental nuisances are forwarded to the Environmental Protection Unit through the municipal call center of Holon Municipality on 106.
Unit Director: Dr. Isabella Afik
Address: 12 Harokmim Street, Business and Industrial Zone, Holon
Tel: 6536041/40, Fax: 5583015
Opening times: Sunday – Thursday 07:30 – 16:00