Sukleen has been seen on Beirut’s streets for 20 years.
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Sukleen cleaning company is woven into the fabric of Beirut.For the last 20 years Sukleen – and later its partner Sukomi – have been contracted to keep the city clean and yet have consistently been sources of controversy.A crisis last January thrust the company into the spotlight when the Naameh landfill – where Sukleen and its partner dump all of Beirut and Mount Lebanon's collected waste – was blocked by protesters. Sukleen's contract was expected to expire by Jan. 17, but was extended by the Cabinet for another renewable three months in line with a plan to treat solid waste.Sukleen initially won a contract to collect the waste in Beirut in 1994, which was expanded in an emergency waste-management plan implemented in 1997 . Under the 1997 contract Sukleen's responsibilities were extended to collecting waste and treating it at plants in Karantina and Amrousieh, while Sukomi was contracted to manage the then-newly established Naameh landfill. When the landfill does eventually shut, the Cabinet will open up Beirut's waste-management contract for biddings, which could mean an end to the men in green all over Beirut.
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