Ministers Akram Chehayeb, left, and Samir Moqbel attend a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Lebanese government will sign the final contract with Britain's Chinook Urban Mining International next week to transfer the country's garbage to Russia, Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb revealed Saturday.The minister denied that the British company had exceeded the deadlines set by the Cabinet, emphasizing that the one-week time frame began when the company provided the government with the complete dossier and ends on the 11th of February.As it stands, officials project the trash export scheme to cost the state $200 million, at a price of $212 per ton, over an 18-month period.Concerning other offers by foreign companies to transfer Lebanon's trash abroad, Chehayeb said that the state had been presented with several offers after the legal time frame.
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