A pile of garbage blocks a street near the Beirut port. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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Hezbollah has suggested a number of locations in the Bekaa Valley for the establishment of a new landfill, Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb announced Tuesday, bringing authorities a step closer to enacting a multi-pronged plan to end the country's prolonged trash crisis.It calls for dividing Beirut and Mount Lebanon trash between landfills in Akkar, the Bekaa and potentially Burj Hammoud, while municipalities prepare to take responsibility for their own waste over the coming 18 months."When we are certain of the location, the prime minister will convene a Cabinet meeting to complete the administrative and legal preparations to begin the plan," Chehayeb said.He reiterated that the government would not enact the plan, which the Cabinet approved a month ago, until a second landfill is prepared to share the waste burden with Akkar. The Burj Hammoud landfill, if it is to be used, needs six months of preparation to receive new waste.
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