An excavator empties trash into a truck in Karantina, Saturday, March 19, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Dozens of makeshift garbage trucks lined the entrance of the infamous Naameh landfill for a second day Sunday, as Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk announced that more than 8,000 tons of garbage had been collected so far as part of the government's trash plan.The Cabinet reopened the Naameh landfill for two months Saturday in line with its plan to end the trash crisis, which also stipulates the establishment of landfills in Burj Hammoud and Costa Brava, east and south of Beirut respectively. Sukleen trucks began removing piled garbage from Karantina and heading to Naameh. The closure of the Naameh dump last summer kicked off the country's garbage crisis. Residents of areas surrounding the landfill say they have lost all faith in the Cabinet and do not trust Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb, who has insisted that, as outlined in the plan, the landfill will only be reopened for two months. The young men lamented the reopening of the landfill.While no protesters tried to block the entrance to the Naameh landfill, angry young men set a Sukleen truck on fire in the town of Aramoun.Abandoned by their peers, wallowing in garbage, and beset by political foes, Naameh's young men confessed their utter exhaustion with the garbage ordeal.
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