The sanitary landfill in the bekaa town of Zahle, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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As part of continued efforts to support Lebanese towns hosting Syrian refugees, the European Union is working closely with local authorities and NGOs throughout the area to solve the increasingly messy situation.In 2011, before the influx of Syrian refugees to the Bekaa Valley had begun, the Zahle landfill was receiving 46,000 tons of waste per year. The UNHCR estimates there are around 300,000 Syrian refugees registered or awaiting registration in the Bekaa Valley. In the town of Torbol, Mayor Fadi al-Khoury said before the Syrian refugees came, the area generated 80 tons of trash a month. The European Union has become increasingly involved in helping Lebanese communities deal with the infrastructure strains caused or amplified by the presence of refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war.The EU has secured 14 million euros to support waste management projects in the Bekaa Valley and North Lebanon.
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