Cabinet Votes to Scrap Tax on Disposable Dishes


A man shops for disposable plastic tableware in Osher Ad Supermarket branch in Givat Shaul, Yerushalayim. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Government ministers voted in favor of scrapping a tax on disposable plasticware, a key demand of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s coalition partners.

“We promised and we fulfilled,” Finance Minister Betzalel Smotrich said after the vote. “The fight against the cost of living is all of our fight.”

The move is still pending Knesset approval.

In Nov. 2021 the previous government raised the cost of disposable plastic plates, bowls, cups, and straws by NIS 11 shekels ($3.20) per kilogram with the aim of cutting use by 40%.

This drew the ire of the chareidi community, where use of disposable plastic is much higher than the secular sector’s.

Earlier this month, in his first act in office, Smotrich instructed ministry officials to reverse the tax hike.

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