Garbage is piled in temporary dump on the seaside of a highway in Jal el-Dib north of Beirut on September 14, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EID
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The waste contractor for Greater Beirut warned Wednesday that it could be forced to stop collecting the capital's trash next week, as a Cabinet-mandated export scheme to defuse the 7-month-old garbage crisis teetered on the verge of collapse.Chinook now has until Friday to produce the required Russian permits to send the country Lebanon's waste, or it will lose its contract, Prime Minister Tammam Salam's office told The Daily Star Wednesday.Parliament's Environment Committee urged ministers to review the trash portfolio at Thursday's Cabinet meeting, after Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb, who has been in charge of the file since September, briefed committee members Wednesday. A company called Chinook Urban Mining Limited is registered in Britain, but the Lebanese government reached an agreement with Chinook Urban Mining International, Mrad alleged.Chinook, reached by The Daily Star Wednesday, offered no comment.
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