File - The landfill in the southern city of Naameh, Wednesday, July 17, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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BEIRUT: As the debate in Cabinet intensifies over the best means to manage Lebanon's thorny issue of waste management, two workable solutions stand tabled: the building of new landfills or the establishment of the incinerators.The issue of waste management threatened to paralyze the work of the government as Cabinet ministers Thursday remained sharply divided on how best to deal with Lebanon's trash problem, failing to come to an agreement on the fate of the controversial Naameh landfill. Sources close to the talks say that the main options on the table are to either replace the notorious dump with a new landfill or approve the construction of incinerators. Currently, landfills are the most popular solution to Lebanon's waste problems, as they are used to dispose of over 50 percent of the country's solid waste, according to statistics from the Environment Ministry. Ayoub said that countries such as Saudi Arabia that have vast desert space are more suited for landfilling solutions. He also said that any land used to build landfills would be condemned for the next 80 years as it would continue to emit toxic gases. Seventeen years later the landfill is still standing and has reached five times its original capacity.Incinerators that turn waste into energy have been presented as an alternative solution to the current landfill option.The tender will be open to companies that build landfills, incinerators or both.
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