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Prominent environmental activist Paul Abi Rached Thursday announced a sustainable plan to address Beirut and Mount Lebanon's ongoing waste crisis, in an effort to overhaul current measures that activists insist are leading to an environmental catastrophe.The plan proposes that current contractors that are already in charge of dealing with waste across the two regions -- including Ramco, City Blu and Sukleen -- pick up solely compostable waste and un-reusable trash, while municipalities will assume responsibility for recyclables and non-organic waste.The compostable refuse delivered to Karantina would then be taken by a fleet of 25 trucks to a plant in the Bekaa that would accommodate 150,000 tons of waste per day. An area for the roughly 1-million-square-meter plant, according to Abi Rached, has already been secured. Abi Rached said his plan would amount to savings of around $100 million a year, simply by lowering the price of one ton of trash from around $150 to just $50 .The plan can be implemented within six months, according to Abi Rached – if there is political will to implement the project.
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