(120424) -- JERUSALEM, April 24, 2012 (Xinhua) -- Tourists visit a reusing and recycling exhibition at Hiriya, Israel, on April 12, 2012. Hiriya, southeast of Tel Aviv, was a former waste dump since 1952. For a long period of time, 25 million tons of waste was piled up to a height of 80 meters and grew so huge that birds attracted here became a danger to airplanes taking off and landing at Ben Gurion Airport. It was shut down in 1998 due to the growing public awareness of environmental pollution, underground water contamination and the spread of noxious gas. In 2005, Israeli government under former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon decided to shift Hiriya, the mountain and its surrounding land, into a public park to improve the environment here. Following this decision, a government corporation was established to be in charge of the park's planning and development. The
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