People protest against the Srar landfill in Halba. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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Residents in the northern district of Akkar are seething over a government plan to dump Beirut's and Mount Lebanon's trash in the Srar dump, which they fear will eventually threaten the country's most impoverished region with a looming environmental hazard. Various sections of the population in Akkar are outraged that their region, which includes the largest agricultural land after the Bekaa Valley, would be used as a dump or a landfill for garbage collected from Beirut and Mount Lebanon.One has to drive through a string of villages on the fringe of the Akkar plain near Nahr al-Kabir River to reach the Srar dump, which is located on a remote land, about 1 kilometer from residential areas.The dump was originally destined to receive trash from Akkar's towns and villages. Now with Chehayeb's trash plan calling for dumping Beirut's and Mount Lebanon's waste in the Srar facility, Akkar's residents fear that the facility would face the same fate as that of Naameh landfill.
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