Sukleen workers have started to collect rubbish from the streets of Beirut a week after services were suspended. AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO
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Trash collection resumes in Beirut ... for nowRelieved residents celebrated as garbage collectors resumed their work in Beirut Sunday, a week after services were suspended following the closure of the Naameh landfill. But Chouf residents refused to let in garbage trucks from the capital, raising doubts about whether Sukleen, the waste management contractor for Beirut and Mount Lebanon, would be able to complete its collection. And trucks dumped trash on the international road near Tripoli Saturday night, pointing to illegal activity. Officials are not revealing how they are disposing the capital's trash, and the Naameh landfill remains closed. Rumors that trucks were dumping trash in Iqlim al-Kharoub prompted hundreds of agitated residents to block the coastal highway near Jiyyeh Sunday with boulders, locking up traffic for kilometers. Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk Sunday sought to reassure Iqlim al-Kharoub residents at a news conference after meeting with a delegation from the region's municipality union.The president of the Union of Iqlim al-Kharoub municipalities admonished demonstrators for closing the highway. Sukleen suspended garbage collection in Beirut and Mount Lebanon last Sunday, after the government closed its primary landfill in Naameh without identifying new dumping sites.The documents municipal workers found in the trash showed it had been collected from Rabieh and Mansourieh, both in Mount Lebanon.
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