A man extinguishes fire in piled-up garbage in Beirut, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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Frustrated Beirutis lit dumpsters on fire as officials continued to wrangle Thursday over where to send Beirut and Mount Lebanon's accumulating waste.Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk vowed to find disposal grounds around the country, after ministers failed to resolve the protracted trash crisis at the day's Cabinet meeting.Piles of trash blocked off sidewalks and narrowed roads in Beirut and Mount Lebanon, a week after Naameh landfill, the primary disposal ground for the region, closed. By Thursday, 22,000 tons of uncollected garbage had accumulated on Beirut and Mount Lebanon's streets.Still, the environment minister's efforts appeared to begin to produce results Thursday, as a private Sidon company announced it had the capacity to treat and dispose up to 300 tons of the capital area's waste per day.The municipality of Beirut is preparing a contract to send its trash to a private dump in Akkar, Beirut Mayor Bilal Hamad said in comments published Thursday.The Beirut Fire Department Thursday said it had put out more than 140 fires set on dumpsters and piles of uncollected garbage across Beirut since Monday.
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