Garbage piled up in Karantina, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam could finalize a commercial deal to export Lebanon's accumulated trash this weekend, Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb told The Daily Star Friday. Chehayeb, who has been tasked with resolving the country's 5-month old waste collection crisis, will host meetings with Salam and business representatives this weekend. Municipalities are meanwhile waiting for a $795 million disbursement from the central government to invest in local waste services infrastructure.A research team showed that the rate of atmospheric carcinogens that cause cancer has increased 416 fold since last year as a result of burning trash, attributing 225 new cases of cancer in Lebanon per 1 million residents to the elevated levels.
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