Last week, on September 17, several eyewitnesses reliably identified certain people removing hazardous waste from T.A.M.I. and illegally dumping it, in violation of the 1984 environmental law. This is a serious violation (legally the violator is potentially subject to heavy fines and also prison time). It has already been reported to the Tel Aviv municipality (we have a case number) and a complaint to the Environmental Protection Office is pending. Rest assured, we take this kind of thing seriously and the people responsible will not get away with it as if nothing happened.
TAMI is open to everybody, and part of our advertising of the space (and the way it actually is) is about serving the community, and concentrating smart people in order to create solutions to problems. It is not just talk: T.A.M.I. members have worked on projects touching air pollution, water pollution, advanced agriculture, and other stuff. It is the exact opposite of our mission, and completely unacceptable, for our name to be associated with bad stuff like toxic waste or contributing to environmental damage. Imagine reading that in the newspaper.
This is a good time to remind everybody about safety. Due to some of the “industrial” processes at work in the space, it is full of dangerous (if misused) machines, electrical equipment, and toxic/dangerous (if misused) chemicals. Some examples are all the paints, oils, solvents, acids/bases/salts/other chemicals, bio stuff, batteries (we have lead, lithium, cadmium, all kinds), broken electronics (these are pretty much 100% not recyclable and not throwable and need special disposal), you name it. For the most part, people work in the space responsibly (including eye/ear protection, ventilation, and cleanup afterwards), but, like we said, guests are welcome and there is a reason some of the machines (like the table saw) are locked. The basic principle of safety is to prevent accidents — we don’t need or want to deal with the aftermath of incidents like the topic of this message; we want to 100% prevent them from happening in the first place. If you see anybody doing something bad, stop them!!! And if there is something going on that you would not be happy with in your own house, or that you would worry about inspectors walking in the door at any time and seeing, obviously it should not be happening. To put things in perspective, people bring their little kids and dogs and cats into TAMI all the time, eat and drink there, and that should be completely OK.