People block a road in Naameh as they protest the landfill, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk Monday ruled out of the possibility of managing Lebanon's garbage sector without using landfills, and declared that the Naameh dump will not be closed on time.Defending the "technical extension" against the heavy criticism by residents of the nearby areas and officials backing them, Machnouk explained that Lebanon's garbage sector cannot be managed without the existence of any landfills.Stressing that landfills are inevitable, the minister said that no matter which techniques are used to treat garbage, the landfill will always be the last phase of the process.Machnouk explained that the process includes the sweeping, collection, sorting, treatment and then the dumping of garbage, which makes it too complicated for municipalities to handle.
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