Salam chairs a Cabinet meeting in Beirut, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Government ministers approved a decree to export the bulk of Beirut and Mount Lebanon's waste Monday, potentially signaling an end to a ruinous crisis that has left the capital region buried in trash.Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb, who shepherded the proposal through the Cabinet, said he aimed to begin operations in mid-January.The daily waste production for the service region is expected to fall from 3,000 tons to 2,500, though the agriculture minister did not offer further details.Monday's decree affirmed a 2010 Cabinet decision mandating waste-to-energy garbage incineration though this contradicts the September decree to decentralize the waste sector.FPM Minister Elias Bou Saab and Kataeb Ministers Sejaan Azzi and Alain Hakim did not approve the decree, while FPM Minister Gebran Bassil and Hezbollah Minister Mohammad Fneish did not attend the session, pointing to divisions that still plague Salam's government.
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