A woman passing by a mound of trash in Dikwaneh, in the Metn district, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Lebanese Parliament's Finance and Budget Committee Monday prioritized the decentralizing of the waste management sector as it took up the issue of a re-emerging trash crisis in Metn areas.In March, the Cabinet agreed to establish two landfills, one in Burj Hammoud and one in Costa Brava, as part of its four-year plan to end the trash crisis that began in July last year.According to the plan, the Burj Hammoud landfill will operate for four years and will receive 1,200 tons of waste per day. Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb, Metn lawmakers and Kataeb Party chief Sami Gemayel were present at Monday's meeting.Kataeb argues that the landfill will cause "at least 10 years" of environmental damage, produce foul odors and will put the health of residents at risk.
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