The main issue facing Lebanon’s waste is a lack of infrastructure(The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The government may handle Lebanon's growing solid waste problem by installing incinerators across the country, but environmentalists warn this could create more problems than it solves.According to the Environment Ministry, Lebanon produces 1.57 million tons of solid waste a year, growing at an annual rate of 1.65 percent.Currently, 53 percent of Lebanon's solid waste goes to landfills, 30 percent is disposed in dumps, and the remaining 17 percent is recycled or composted, according to government figures.However, incinerators have a rocky history in Lebanon.Abi Chaker said that incinerators require consistent maintenance to ensure that toxic fumes were filtered properly, and there was no guarantee the government would take care of this.He added that most incinerators in Europe only handled 120 tons per day and were used along with extensive recycling. The Naameh landfill handles 2,800 tons of waste per day; to divert this amount to an incinerator would come at a huge cost and would be difficult to maintain.
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