Bulldozers operate at the Habalin landfill, Monday, July 20, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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While others raise a stink, Jbeil manages waste with little fuss and at half the costJBEIL, Lebanon: Residents here may want to spare a thought for their neighbors in Mount Lebanon and Beirut. While the two regions suffer their fourth day of a trash collection crisis, this coastal town and the Mount Lebanon qada that includes it are enjoying clean streets and fresh air. Jbeil is setting an example of good waste management: cost-efficient, decentralized and reliable. When it is complete, the qada will be able to compost its organic waste and sell its recyclables.After separating out the organic waste and the recyclables, the landfill is left to bury just 10-20 percent of the original waste.That means the two regions must find space to bury about 3,000 tons of waste per day.Much of this quantity – approaching 90 percent of the waste – can be eliminated, through the techniques Jbeil is pursuing now.
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