The Naameh landfill, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Following a failed meeting with the environment minister Friday, the municipalities surrounding the notorious landfill in Naameh are gearing up to take matters into their own hands, a move that threatens to repeat last year's scenario that saw garbage pile up on Beirut's streets. Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk met with municipal leaders in areas surrounding the site, but did not put forth a concrete plan to close the landfill, said Walid Abu Harb Aridi, the president of the Union of Municipalities of Al-Gharb al-Aala and Chehar who was present during the meeting. The government assured residents of the Naameh area that the landfill would be shut down in July, after they held a protest last year barring Sukleen trucks from dumping waste in the overfilled site.The new company was asked to collect garbage and dump it in a landfill other than Naameh.The Naameh landfill was meant to be a temporary solution but successive governments have kept postponing its closure.
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