A pile of packed waste lies next to the port in the Lebanese capital Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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Environmentalists were split Sunday over the controversial plan unveiled by the Cabinet a day earlier to try to solve the near 8-month-old garbage crisis, with some saying that it was the country's only current option and others claiming it fell considerably short of targets.The Cabinet Saturday agreed to establish two temporary centers for waste treatment and sanitary landfills in Burj Hammoud-Boushrieh and the Costa Brava area. The ministers also agreed to reopen the Naameh landfill for two months to take in the waste that has piled up over the last eight months. Municipalities in the areas affected by the landfills have been offered financial incentives to agree to the plan. The temporary plan will last four years, allowing the government to create a permanent solution for the country's waste issues.The concerned municipalities covered are: Burj Hammoud, Jdeideh-Boushrieh-Sadd, Choueifat, Burj al-Barajneh and some areas in Chouf and Aley.The Cabinet decision recognized that the municipalities and municipal unions have the right to manage their own waste treatment.
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