Calling Fo Zero Waste Law
As around 125 actions all over Lebanon, individuals, NGOs and others expressed their support for a sustainable waste management law, based on the Zero Waste principle.
As a way out of the waste crisis that persists in Lebanon, the second “National Day of Action for Zero Waste” was organized Sunday by IndyACT and the Lebanese Coalition towards Zero Waste.The participants voiced their refusal to incineration which is the proposed solution by the government
In St. George Bay, the Zero Waste Coalition held the launching event for the separating and recycling of plastic bottles in all Zeituna Bay restaurants. Cycling Circle organized a bicycle tour through the streets of Beirut with 70 individuals carrying banners on their backs saying “Zero Waste Now” and “Na3am li sifr nefayat”. In the Bekaa, an 8 meter mural painting was covered in Baalbek with environmental slogans, others planted trees in the Bekaa village Aya'at.
On the public beach in Tyre, the NGO Youth Tyre organized a beach clean- up with 150 persons and distributed brochures about the Zero Waste concept. More actions took place in Tripoli, the Chouf mountains and Nabatieh. Many people all over the country opened banners or posters supporting Zero Waste and opposing incineration in front of “prominent” places, such as dumpsites or polluted environment.
“Today, the Lebanese people showed to which point they are tired with the quick x solutions always presented by the government, such as incineration, and their need for a functioning and sustainable solution”, said Esraa Haidar, the coordinator of the event from IndyACT. Lebanon is one of the last countries worldwide that still lacks a waste management legislation. The current draft law for waste management that is still being discussed in the Cabinet plays with the idea of introducing waste incinerators as a “solution”. “Incinerators are anything but ecologically sustainable, and instead of reusing and recycling material, they intensify waste of energy and resources while contrib- uting to global warming and air pollution by CO2 and toxic emissions”, said Haidar. “Moreover, incin- eration is the most expensive option and generates less employment than other more sustainable solutions”.
The idea of the Zero Waste principle is to consider waste as valuable material that can be reused or recycled into new products, which is bene cial for the economy and local communities. It also has the added bene t of saving energy and resources in the process of avoiding extraction of raw materi- als from nature. Zero Waste takes the whole lifecycle of products into consideration and is therefore the only truly sustainable waste management solution, once it is fully implemented.
IndyACT and the other Zero Waste Coalition members demand that the existing draft waste law to be passed after ensuring that it is based on the Zero Waste principle, as a first step on the way to a sustainable and long-term solution to the waste problem.
STRATEGIES & PLANS
A fundraising event, entitled Think Green, will be held by Zero Waste ACT for all its business members on September, 10,2013, at WHITE, Dora.
The Green Mind Association invited all Green Mind Award Participants, finalists, runner ups and winners to the GREEN MIND DAY on Jan-16-2013 in Beirut, to create a platform where interested Venture Capital and Potential Investors met with participants.
A green initiative launched by Ashrafieh 2020 project aims to transform Ashrafieh into a tranquil and unpolluted area.Green spaces allow residents to walk and ride bicycles.