‘We were all laughing’: Industrial cleaning supplies sold out
Posted On July 18, 2021
Industrial cleaning products were selling out in Israel in the days leading up to a major clean-up project, and people are being left out in the cold as they try to purchase the supplies.
As the city of Haifa prepares to install the first of two new industrial cleaning plants, a new industry is booming and businesses across the country are bracing for the arrival of thousands of tons of cleaning supplies.
“People were buying cleaning supplies online, but they were selling them at inflated prices,” said Avraham Sogolinsky, a lawyer in Haifa who works for a cleaning company.
Sogolinksy is among thousands of Israelis working with companies to find new ways to clean up contaminated sites after a string of deadly incidents in recent years, including a spate of factory fires in October that killed 11 people.
Ahead of the new project, Haifa was one of several major cities that have announced that they are setting up clean-ups.
In August, Israel set up a cleaning station in Haaretz to deal with the contamination of a major industrial area and other contaminated sites.
On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Haifa Mayor Nir Barkat said the city would also be setting up a station in the southern city of Ashdod to deal a similar problem.
The spokesperson said that the municipality will be hiring around 50 cleaning companies to clean contaminated areas, and that around 10,000 cleaning workers will be hired.
The Haifa station, which is due to start cleaning sites in mid-October, will be the first time that cleaning workers are using the equipment in HaIFA, a city of around 200,000 residents that has been hit hard by the deadly outbreak.
The Clean-Up is on: A look at the Clean-up in Haiga, Israel, which will start in September Source: AFP/Getty ImagesFor years, Haiga was one the worst affected areas of Israel’s industrial contamination crisis, and residents and workers struggled to get through the winter to get to work.
As a result, workers were being pushed into temporary, insecure jobs.
Haifa is one of the worst-affected areas of the country, according to the International Labor Organization.
In recent years the city has experienced a wave of factory explosions that have killed hundreds of people.
The explosion occurred during construction of a new industrial complex.
Haiga has been plagued by contamination for decades, and in the wake of the explosions workers were pushed into dangerous jobs, said Sogalinsky, who works as an attorney for the Clean Clean-UP in Hailekvej, a municipality in Haight Ashkenazi, the district where the Ashkenazim are concentrated.
“We were working in Haigh Ashkenazy, in the city where Ashkena was born, and I worked in the factory for eight months, and then I moved to Haifa, because it was more convenient, but I couldn’t get through,” he said.
“I’m not really able to work with cleaning chemicals anymore.
I cannot take a cleaning cloth anymore, so I have to take my shoes off and use a vacuum cleaner, and my shoes were dirty and scratched all over.”
While Haifa is not the only city in Israel where the city is suffering, the number of workers affected by contamination is staggering.
In December, the country’s Health Ministry announced that Haifa had surpassed the national average of the number in the country working during the previous year, but the city’s clean-UP operation has only just begun.
The Health Ministry said the total number of employees who are currently working during their workdays in Haia was 5,500, up from 4,000 in 2016.
While many people are worried about the long-term effects of contaminated sites, some are more worried about how to get clean, said David Yaffe, the director of the Clean Environment Coalition, an advocacy group for clean-tech businesses.
Yaffe said he believes the city will be one of many communities that will see significant growth in the Clean Up in Haima, which could take decades to complete.
“For me, the biggest concern is how will they be able to get the necessary materials to operate and maintain these plants, especially after they’re not getting the proper chemicals to clean the sites,” he told Al Jazeera.
“There’s so much demand for these products that if you’re not able to find enough, you will see an explosion in contamination.”
The Clean Up is on