Garbage trucks don’t just smell bad; they are bad for you.
The Environmental Protection Ministry and the Jewish National Fund announced their plan on Sunday to attach emission filters on 500 diesel-powered, carcinogen-spewing garbage trucks in Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported.
The filters, designed to eliminate 97 percent of the “cancer-causing” fumes emitted by the trucks, will be placed over the exhaust pipes, the Ministry said. The project will cost 10 million shekels.
The initiative is part of a wider program to establish “clean air zones” in the downtown and residential areas in cities across the country. In these zones, polluting vehicles will not be allowed to drive during certain hours of the day without exhaust filters.