Tag Archives: Waste

Are the new landfills already polluting Beirut’s sea?

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Source: AUB

Last week, the American University of Beirut warned their faculty and staff not to swim in the AUB beach through an email stating that the “level of bacteria exceeded the acceptable limits for bathing water quality”. A week later, AUB sent out another email stating that the water is now safe for swimming because the “bacteria dropped to acceptable bathing water quality limit.” Continue reading

Is Beirut ready to burn its waste?

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Source: Daily Star

As we approach the second year after the closing of the Naameh Landfill, little progress has been made towards developing and implementing a comprehensive solid waste management plan for Beirut and Mount Lebanon. The plan of the previous Lebanese government, two landfills to replace the Naameh landfill, is on the brink of collapse. The Costa Brava landfill is supposed to be closed next month after a Lebanese court ordered its permanent closure in four months last January. Over the weekend, demonstrators blocked the entrance of the landfill protesting the environmental pollution caused by the landfill. The second landfill in Bourj Hammoud is currently being challenged in court. Last week, the case was adjourned for one month as experts conduct an environmental study of the landfill. Continue reading

Environmental justice makes a rare appearance in Lebanon

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Source: Lebanese National News Agency

On January 31st 2017, a Lebanese court ordered the permanent closure of the Costa Brava landfill in four months. The issue was brought to a court by a group of plaintiffs that consisted of lawyers and civilians living near the landfill. The landfill was ordered to be closed to preserve a healthy environment and to protect the safety of the passengers that use the only international airport in the country. Continue reading

More alarming data on health implications of Lebanon’s waste crisis

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Source: Daily Star

The waste crisis that started in July 2015 has still not been fully resolved. In March 2016, eight months after the crisis, the government announced a new solid waste management plan for Beirut and Mount and Lebanon. The government tried to develop more than one solution but eventually agreed on maintaining the same solid waste management principle that created this crisis which is based on landfilling. As explained in a blog post last June, the process of selecting the locations for the proposed landfills was not transparent, lacked basic environmental selection criteria and seemed to be purely dependent on political bargaining. Despite public resistance, two new landfills in Bourj Hammoud and Costa Brava (south of Beirut) are being constructed to receive the bulk of the waste that used to be disposed of in the Naameh landfill. Continue reading

Environmental oversight of Beirut’s new landfills

While trash has stopped accumulating in the streets of Beirut, the waste crisis has still not been completely resolved. Last March, the government agreed on reopening the Naameh landfill for two months and establishing two new landfills, one in Costa Brava south of Beirut and another in Burj Hammoud. The Naameh Landfill was briefly reopened to receive the waste that had mounted up in makeshift dumpsites since its closure last July. The government has also issued a tender for a recycling facility that serves Beirut and Mount Lebanon. Continue reading

How does Beirutis List propose to manage the city’s trash?

In the last Beirut municipal elections in 2010, competing political parties from the two main coalitions (March 8 and 14) put their differences aside and formed a municipal council and ran unopposed. Even though political tension has increased substantially since the last election, the political class maintained their alliance and formed an electoral list, The Beirutis List, for the upcoming municipal elections. Unlike the last election, the political parties are not running unopposed and face competition from two campaigns: Beirut Madinati and Citizens within the State. Continue reading

Beirut Madinati: On Solid Waste Disposal

Source: Akhbar

One of the most pressing concerns for the residents of Beirut is the current solid waste management of their city. Since the end of the Civil War, Beirut’s solid waste strategy has been based on disposing solid waste in landfills. Technically, this strategy was supposed to be used until a more comprehensive sustainable strategy was developed and implemented. This never happened, and various governments relied on this strategy for 18 years which eventually led to the recent waste crisis. Continue reading