Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan. (File/AP)
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The Lebanese Democratic Party leader slammed the Cabinet Sunday for incompetently dealing with the trash crisis, warning he was ready to file a complaint to the European Commission if the government failed to systematically dispose of Lebanon's waste.Talal Arslan's comments come a day after the Cabinet approved a plan to establish a landfill in Costa Brava, located in the Choueifat municipality south of Beirut. "This failed Cabinet blackmailed the people by giving them only two options: either the trash is left to accumulate in their villages and cities and cause an outbreak of diseases, or they accept opening landfills in their areas," Arslan, also a Aley MP, said during a press conference. He spoke after meeting with Progressive Socialist Party officials Akram Chehayeb, who is agriculture minister, and Health Minister Wael Abu Faour in his Khaldeh residence in Choueifat, both of whom he denied were behind the proposal to establish a landfill in Costa Brava. Arslan said that several waste treatment proposals were put forward for the Cabinet to study, including one that proposed opening a recycling plant on a plot of land in Choueifat to treat the waste rather than burying all of it.Arslan called on the Cabinet to carry out transparent bids to find an eco-friendly and permanent solution to the crisis.
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