The Green Women stand inside their recycling warehouse. (The Daily Star/Alice Rowsome)
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From Tripoli's hillside quarter of Jabal Mohsen, the mounds of a burgeoning open-air landfill are visible against the navy blue horizon of the sea. The neighborhood's residents have long grown accustomed to the sight of the 35-meter-high dump, estimated to store 600 tons of unsorted waste per day. Jabal Mohsen's eco-initiative, Green Track, was created last year by Khoder Eid, a 27-year-old graduate in sustainable development. As part of an academic assignment, Eid assessed the willingness of residents of all 5,000 apartments in the neighborhood to recycle. Soon enough, Rabab Eid had gathered a team of 20 volunteer women – soon called the "Green Women" – ready to roll up their sleeves and start sorting the recyclables into manageable piles ready for collection.While Eid installed recycling bins and paid for the warehouse and truck out of his own pocket, he insists that the women themselves are the backbone of the Green Track initiative. Following the deepening of the waste crisis in 2015, civil society initiatives have mushroomed across Lebanon to provide grassroots solutions to a number of pressing environmental problems.
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