Russia is said to be the destination for some of Lebanon’s “young” trash – waste that’s less than 45 days old.
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The ongoing trash crisis is apparently set to ease later this month as the contract to export some of the accumulated waste will be signed later this week, Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb said Sunday. "We should sign the contract sometime between Monday and Wednesday," Chehayeb told The Daily Star.As for garbage that is more than 45 days old, Chehayeb said that French-based Seche had inspected the garbage and authored a report on its condition.The findings indicate that 70 percent of the older garbage is fit to be exported. Each ton of exported garbage will cost Lebanese taxpayers over $212 and take 18 months to complete.Education Minister Elias Bou Saab Saturday announced that the state had released the funds to the municipalities, which are expected to use the bulk for waste management.Hazmieh Mayor Jean Asmar told The Daily Star that his municipality has yet to receive any funds.The Hazmieh Municipality currently sends its organic trash to a plant in Sidon where it is treated. Meserlian added that his municipality had also not yet received the funds.
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