Waste not, want not: Lebanon's trash problem back to the fore with landfill protesters

Published September 25th, 2016 - 07:30 GMT
Costa Brava is one of two landfills of a government plan to end the country’s trash crisis, which began July of last year with the closure of the Naameh landfill after 17 years of operation. (The Daily Star/ Hasan Shaaban)
Costa Brava is one of two landfills of a government plan to end the country’s trash crisis, which began July of last year with the closure of the Naameh landfill after 17 years of operation. (The Daily Star/ Hasan Shaaban)

Civil society activists held a demonstration Saturday in front of the Costa Brava landfill, south of Beirut, preventing garbage trucks from entering the site.

Voice of Lebanon radio 100.3 reported that the activists erected a tent at the site, asking for people to sign a petition to close the landfill.

The state-run National News Agency later reported that the activists were against the landfill, as it endangers the marine environment on the Lebanese coast and threatens the safety of civilian planes coming from the near-by Beirut airport.

Costa Brava is one of two landfills of a government plan to end the country’s trash crisis, which began July of last year with the closure of the Naameh landfill after 17 years of operation.

Although construction at the coastal landfill has been ongoing, activists, local residents and officials have warned of the environmental damage the dump would have to the surrounding areas.

 

 

 

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