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"No to Incineration" Agrees LZWC, Reveals a Strategy

The Lebanese Zero Waste Coalition (LZWC) comes out with a plan for the management of the solid waste in Lebanon.

 Following the adoption of the Council of Ministers on 31 August 2010 for the use of incineration as a way to get rid of waste, a number of environmental associations met to discuss this serious issue and agree on ways to solve this emerging problem. These associations were soon joined by other associations of the civil society and many academics in the field to announce the establishment of the "Lebanese Zero Waste Coalition".

 

At the conference on Friday organized on July 27th, 2012 entitled "Zero Waste: Existing Challenges", the existing and upcoming challenges were discussed, offering an integrated strategy to confront the impending danger of incinerators, based on:

-Resource management and material recovery for further gradual removal of the non-recoverable wastes.

-Composting and recycling of more than 80% of wastes in a short time.

-Creating composting plants distributed in all Lebanon.

-Developing of customs incentives for companies for recovering their waste.

-Developing incentives to encourage citizens to sort from the source in line with the principle of "polluter pays".

-Developing a recycling industry to secure the discharge of substances that are sorted.

It’s worth mentioning that incineration produces one ton of ashes out of 4 burned tons of waste all loaded with dioxin whereas waste sorting would actually leave 20% for dumping.

 

 

The (LZWC) noted that incineration technology is not the ideal solution to a sustainable solid waste management as:

   -It consumes energy while not producing it.

   -It pollutes: containing carcinogenic toxic emissions, such as dioxin and other heavy metals.

   -Expensive: cost surpasses worth of equipment and spare parts to filters, disposing polluted water, and the ash landfill.

   -Difficult to operate and maintain; previous experiences have shown that it’s filled with technical and financial problems in developed countries,    as many of them failed to keep the emissions at a safe level causing them to shutdown the incinerator.

   -Destructive: drains energy and materials and hinders the local economic development.

   -Not sustainable.

   -Hampers efforts to reduce and avoid the production of waste and prevents sorting and recycling.

   -Inconsistent with the Stockholm Convention items, approved by the Lebanese Parliament in 2002, that abolish these hazardous materials, and resorting to alternative means of waste management by 2025.

 

Photo: Markaud

 

 

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