A boy runs through burning garbage as protesters block the road in Beshara al-Khoury in Beirut, Friday, July 24, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Several Mount Lebanon municipalities opened makeshift dumps, initiated ad hoc collection services, and prepared to sell their waste to recycling.The Kataeb Party hosted a summit between Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk and various municipality unions in the hopes of having them find dumps to gather their uncollected garbage.There was no news Friday of a contract Beirut Mayor Bilal Hamad had prepared in order to send the city's trash to a private dump belonging to the Al-Amana al-Arabia Company, in Srar, Akkar.Hamad told The Daily Star Friday that he could not organize ad hoc garbage collection as neighboring municipalities have done.Just outside Beirut, workers for the municipality of Furn al-Shubbak dug a pit under an overpass and began dumping the city's trash.Environmentalists have been urging municipalities to sell trash to recycling to cut down on volume, and Friday it appeared that some officials were listening.The Union of Municipalities of Al-Gharb al-Ala and Chehhar is distributing colored bags so residents can sort their trash at home.
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