Heaps of trash being cleared from the site of the dump. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Local residents of Sidon welcomed Tuesday the completion of a yearlong project to transform the city's notorious "trash mountain" into a modern landfill and, eventually, a public park.At one time, the huge hill of trash topped 58 meters and encompassed around 6 hectares of space. Accumulated gases would sporadically erupt into fires, and the smell of the garbage would waft over the city. In total, 1.5 million cubic meters of waste was processed and deposited in three separate landfills, which form a single 8-meter-high mound."I think this is the first project [of its kind] in the Middle East and it's an exemplary one because we learned a lot from it," said Jamal Mahfoud, project manager at Jihad Trading and Contracting Company, which implemented the dump's closure project and created landfills.Moreover, he said, the company completed the project six months before the contract's deadline.
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