Attendees at a capacity lecture at the Issam Fares Institute at AUB.
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Municipalities must take garbage sorting and recycling seriously; and there is no one-size-fits-all management plan, mayors and government advisers said Thursday.The government is expected to devolve waste management responsibilities to municipalities within the next 18 months, according to the terms of Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb's trash crisis plan.Farouk Merhebi, the director of AUB's Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management facility, presented sample plans for municipalities or municipality unions handling 10, 30 or 100 tons of trash, daily.Merhebi recommended that landfills, if used, are managed at the level of qazas or governorates. He described composting, recycling and waste-to-energy incineration processes to reduce the volume of trash sent to landfills to 10 percent of what is produced.
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