Residents of Ansar protest against proposals to establish a landfill in their village, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015(The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Metn MP Michel Murr Monday proposed the building of a waste treatment plant in Burj Hammoud as a means of solving the trash crisis in the northern Metn district.Speaking at a news conference after meeting a delegation of politicians and mayors from the Mount Lebanon Metn district, to which Burj Hammoud belongs, Murr, a former deputy premier and an influential businessman, said the location of the proposed waste treatment plant had been approved by a 1990 Cabinet decree signed by the then-Prime Minister Gen. Michel Aoun and his ministers in the military government Issam Abou Jamra and Edgar Maalouf."The issue that currently concerns us is that the area devoted to building and equipping a trash treatment plant still exists and is fit for the construction of a plant on it," Murr said.He added that the Union of Northern Metn Municipalities could ask the government to agree to the provisions of Cabinet decree 682, dated Sept. 12, 1990, in order to launch the proposed waste treatment plant. Noting that the region produces 1,000 tons of trash daily, Murr said the proposed plant would be financed by the shares of the Northern Metn Municipalities from the Independent Municipal Fund and telecommunications revenues.
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