Garbage piles up in Burj Hammoud as the state looks to build new landfills.
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Lebanon's trash crisis was believed to have come to an end after the government approved a plan to establish two sanitary landfills, but there are increasing concerns about the health effects this scheme would have on people living around the designated sites. Even with the Costa Brava landfill south of Beirut just in the works, nearby residents are complaining of the effect of the piled garbage on their health. Research backs up the claim that living near landfills can be bad for your health.According to a 2014 report on Lebanon's solid waste management by the German development aid agency GIZ, municipal solid waste generation in urban areas increases at 1.65 percent per year, and of the 2.04 million tons annually, 48 percent winds up in landfills whereas 29 percent is openly dumped. Of the undisclosed number of landfills, two were planned and three are constructed and operational. According to Zeineddine, the Committee's task was to assess the impact of the trash crisis on public health, water and ultimately come up with a plan of action to deter an epidemic.Trash would be dumped in both sites after being treated.Abi Shaker's agency even comes equipped with the technological and technical capabilities of managing solid waste without the use of incinerators that would only further deter public health.
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