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A dump solution

If the number of illegal dumps in Lebanon is 670, the cost of its rehabilitation or closure, is estimated at almost $51.7 million,

according to a research conducted (UNDP), in preparation for Master Plan on Rehabilitation and Closure of Uncontrolled Dumps in Lebanon.

 

Presented by the Ministry of the Environment and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in 2011, the research shows that one third of all solid municipal waste, estimated at almost 410,000 to 510,000 tons, is ending up in illegal open-air dumps. Under the proposed action plan, the top 20 municipal solid waste dumps will be rehabilitated at a cost of about $34 million.

 

Lebanon has long suffered from the waste dump dilemma, which can be really described as an ecological nightmare Illegal garbage dumps spread across the country are polluting the ground water, some of them contaminating large sections of the Mediterranean coastline. Excluding Sidon, almost 1,300 tons of garbage or 375,000 cubic meters is dumped daily in illegal dumps, according to the Ministry of Environment.

 

Located on the seafront, the Sidon site is one of the biggest mountains of rubbish holds over 1.2 million cubic meters of garbage. It’s worth mentioning that Kingdom of Saudi Arabia pledged $20 million for the rehabilitation of the dumpsite by building a seawall around it.

 

“The Tripoli dumpsite covers 63,000 square meters and receives 350-400 tons per day of mixed waste including household waste, animal slaughterhouse, agriculture water and some construction and demolition water,” according to the State of the Environment report in Lebanon 2010, published by the Ministry of Environment and (UNDP).

 

“The Environment Ministry identified 27 priority dumpsites that require immediate attention.” Among them, “Hbaline in Jbeil, Hamat dump in Batroun, Srar in Akkar, Sidon, Jebaa, Ras Al Ain, Hermel, Ghazieh, Srifa, Kfartebnit.”

 

If the waste generation, however, is expected to increase by 1.65 percent annually to reach 2.3 million tons by 2030, (currently 1.5 million tons) according to the report, an immediate action has become an urgent need.

 

 

 

 

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ECO INITIATIVES

  • 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.

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