Men empty garbage containers on top of piled trash in Ruweiss, Tuesday, July 21, 2015.
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Anger and the foul odor of rotting waste seeped through the capital's streets Tuesday, as trash here and in Mount Lebanon went uncollected for the third day.Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk warned Tuesday that Mount Lebanon municipalities should immediately cooperate with the government and open disposal grounds or continue to suffocate in waste.Only a few municipalities were able or willing to locate suitable grounds, and many around the country refused to receive Beirut's waste.Machnouk promised Sunday he would raise the trash crisis at Thursday's Cabinet session, but it remains unclear whether ministers will address it.Aoun's bloc has been obstructing the Cabinet's agenda since June 5 .At his news conference with Hamade, Machnouk laid the responsibility for waste disposal at the foot of municipalities. A meeting for the union of municipalities in Beirut's southern suburbs assessed possible dumping grounds to receive garbage from the densely populated area.Other municipalities have also launched similar initiatives to dispose of waste in light of Sukleen's absence.
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