People drive past buring piles of garbage in the area of Jal al-Dib in the northern outskirts of the Lebanese capital Beirut Monday. AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EID
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Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb is to lead a committee of waste sector specialists to resolve the trash crisis, the prime minister's office announced Monday, as the search for solutions stretched into its seventh week.After failing to award crucial waste sector contracts last week, the Cabinet decided last week to devolve management authority to municipalities and support them with a wider revenue stream. The Cabinet's decisions were not logged in the official register, however, because of a political disagreement that saw six ministers leave the meeting, and municipalities have not yet received the funds promised, according to environmentalists. He said he was not aware of any invitations from Chehayeb to environmentalists to participate in the committee.Several municipalities have started their own recycling initiatives to reduce their waste, including Zalka, Aintoura, Zouk Mikael, Roumieh and Baabdat.
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