A picture taken on December 24, 2015 shows a graffiti depicting Santa Claus on a wall behind a pile of trash in the Beirut high-end residential neighbourhood of Ashrafieh. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZ
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Environmentalists and engineers are warning that the Cabinet plan to export Lebanon's trash is wasteful and morally irresponsible, and they say the country should keep its trash within its borders.The Cabinet selected two firms, Howa BV of Holland and Chinook Urban Mining International of Britain, to take charge of export operations.Instead, the Cabinet said it would pay for exports in part out of the Independent Municipal Fund, continuing a practice that has drained local budgets for over a decade, environmentalists say.Last week's Cabinet decision also affirmed a 2010 decree to invest in waste-to-energy facilities, that would incinerate the country's garbage or at least transform it into fuel.Chehayeb was at pains to note last week that he did not recommend incineration or waste-to-energy to the Cabinet.
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