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Getting rid of waste

If Lebanon’s waste crisis is on the rise, will a zero waste strategy solve the problem?

 

For years, many environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have called for the adoption of a zero waste strategy all over the world. In hopes of solving the waste dilemma in Lebanon, Greenpeace has promoted the enforcement of a law based on the zero waste concept.

 

A zero waste approach aims to create and apply new methods that minimize and eliminate destructive methods such as incineration, land-filling and even recycling. The strategy is based on the rationale that manufactured products are designed to be repaired, refurbished, remanufactured and generally reused.

 

One of the examples, cited in Wikipidea, concerns the cycle of a glass milk bottle “Instead of disposing of the bottle in a landfill or similar, with a zero-waste method, the bottle can be saddled at the time of sale with a deposit, which is returned to the bearer upon redemption. The bottle is then washed, refilled, and resold. The only material waste is the wash water, and energy loss has been minimized.”

 

However, if the key benefits of this concept is the reduction of imports, and the cutback of waste disposal costs, drastic measures should be undertaken in Lebanon to change the methods by which local products are manufactured. In this context, experts question how these methods would be applied while for years many industrial establishments have turned a deaf ear to the need for the implementation of cleaner technologies and pollution prevention techniques to save the environment.

 

While the legislation of a law on solid waste management including industrial wastes is in progress, experts assert that Lebanon is in immediate need of the implementation of this strategy.

 

Beirut

Migration to cities is increasing so much that, by 2050, the UN predicts that approximately two thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities.

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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