Garbage dumped in Broummana, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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In Broummana the streets are clear, but some residents seemed unaware of where their trash had gone.She managed to get a hold of Achkar and told the mayor that burning the trash was "unacceptable".According to her, Achkar told her the municipality was working on getting people to sort through the trash this week, and would only burn organic trash in the future. Broummana's Vice Mayor Walid Rizk said that consultations were set to begin next week with "experts" who would advise the municipality on how best to sort its waste. Rizk said.The vice mayor said he and Achkar took the decision to temporarily remove the trash from the streets, worried that a buildup would affect the 18,000 people that Broummana hosts over the summer, with the closure of hotels, restaurants and supermarkets. The vice mayor said that Broummana was unable to swiftly follow in Roumieh's footsteps as the municipality produced a much larger volume of trash than its smaller neighbor, but following next week's consultations with experts – even if normal trash collection were to resume – Broummana would be pursuing an environmentally friendly path.In the meantime, a group calling itself "Concerned Residents of Broummana" launched a petition Friday, calling on the municipality to stop burning trash in the valley.
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