You Stink activists pack garbage into bags at the Beirut River, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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With trash now mixing with rainwater and sewage, and political leadership more distant than ever, the charity Offre Joie has opened a hotline for citizens and municipal officials alike, who are ready to take trash matters into their own hands, but are unsure what to do.The hotline (04-548-305) is supposed to be a one-stop shop for citizens with trash-related concerns. A few weeks ago, a group of 30 volunteers, wearing proper protective gear, managed to pack 40 tons of trash into purpose-made bags in one day, Offre Joie said, at a cost of less than $1,000 .Nicolas Chikhani, a banker invited to speak by Offre Joie, estimated it would cost municipalities about $2,200 per 1,000 residents per month, producing between 15 to 30 tons of trash over each period, to maintain this sort of operation.
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