Runners jog past a pile of garbage in Beirut, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Trash piled up in Beirut and Mount Lebanon for a fourth consecutive day as Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk promised a solution to the crisis would be found at Thursday's Cabinet session.Two days later, Sukleen, whose contract also expired Friday, stopped collecting garbage in Beirut and Mount Lebanon.Responding to the FPM, Machnouk said the government had agreed to distribute the garbage from Beirut and its suburbs among several landfills outside the city, but must still decide which ones.The Beirut municipality has suggested temporarily dumping the waste outside Beirut, possibly in Akkar, but the proposal has already been met with stiff resistance from local officials. Beirut Mayor Bilal Hamad said he coordinated the proposal with Machnouk, and hoped it would receive the Cabinet's endorsement. The trash crisis was also the subject of a meeting between Salam and Beirut MPs at the Grand Serail.Sukkar said Sukleen was willing to transport garbage to any dumping ground officials agreed on.Gemayel said the price that the government currently pays the company for each ton of garbage collected ($140) was the double the maximum paid by any other country.
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