A worker for the waste management company "Sukleen" cleans around a pile of smoldering garbage on a Beirut street, Lebanon, Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Beirut waste cleared after emergency planResidents awoke to find most of their garbage collected Thursday morning, 11 days after Sukleen, the capital region's waste management contractor, suspended its services because it could not access its disposal grounds.An emergency plan has allowed the company to move trash off the streets and gather it in Karantina.The Cabinet also deliberated a plan to open a landfill in the Metn, at Ain Dara or Dahr al-Baidar, but Free Patriotic Movement ministers said they would refuse to accept Beirut's waste in Kesrouan or the Metn.The site is supposed to be temporary and Chebib insisted that any long-term trash management for Beirut would have to see the refuse moved outside the city.In the event the Cabinet fails, Beirut's Municipal Council asked for permission to export its trash abroad.With the state unable to resolve the trash crisis for the past 10 days, Chebib said the severity forced Beirut to take emergency measures.
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