Garbage spilled out of dumpsters in Beirut, Monday, July 20, 2015, after Sukleen suspended trash collection. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Municipalities in Mount Lebanon should immediately cooperate with the government by allocating space for landfills to prevent the area from drowning in garbage, Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk warned Tuesday.The minister said Beirut had no space for any landfills, and so requires municipalities of other villages and towns to provide landfills and take in their share of garbage.Hamadeh called on all municipalities to collaborate to avoid a health crisis in the country, thanking the residents of Naameh and the surrounding areas for bearing the landfill for 18 years.As for the immediate action that could stop the flooding of garbage onto the streets, Machnouk said it was up to those overseeing current landfills and dump sites.Asked when the garbage would be cleared from the streets, he said that Sukleen was asked not to stop collection. Hamadeh in turn said the main problem is the public's lack of trust in the government's plans.However, he said the crisis might turn out to have positive results for the environment if municipalities would ask households and establishments to start sorting waste, a practice imposed as mandatory in many developed countries.
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