Trash dumped in the Beirut River. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A late August breeze blew garbage on Beirut streets Wednesday, the second day running that Sukleen had to suspend trash collection on account of an employee strike. It has been just three weeks since the company was able to last restart its services, after a landfill shortage forced it to halt them for 10 days in late July. However, Machnouk was neither able to secure a new disposal ground nor restructure the waste sector, and instead ordered Beirut and Mount Lebanon municipalities to situate their own dumps with just 24 hours' notice.Chebib authorized Sukleen to gather the city's trash in Karantina from July 30, but this has not been without hitches: Contamination fears led a major flour mill in the quarter to close for a day and prompted Port Beirut workers to strike twice.The landfill in Burj Hammoud closed in 1997, but Chebib said it could be reopened to treat its contents, and concurrently, receive the trash from Beirut for "a couple of weeks or months".
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