(The Daily Star/Dala Osseiran)
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The Sursock Museum courtyard was lit up with lights dangling from steel poles over haphazardly placed tables set for dinner as guests drifted in, looking for the seat with their name on it.Rather than a seating plan mishap, the event organizers explained that the move was to make people mingle and talk about the theme of the evening – garbage."A tale of trash mountains, garbage rivers and migratory birds" was framed as a mock town hall meeting to talk about the long-running garbage crisis framed within a dinner performance as part of the Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj. The aim of Monday's performance dinner was to address multiple layers of Lebanon's enduring trash crisis. Representatives from Beirut's municipality, waste plant management groups and recycling organizations sat next to contractors, policy experts, lawyers, academics and people who witnessed the worst of trash crisis. Sitting next to Beirut municipality member Hagop Terkzian was a Syrian woman who sorts through waste for rubbish start-up Recycle Beirut.Sami Bidawi, an engineer with a waste management plant in the southern city of Sidon, Sidon Environmental, said that this is also applicable in different parts of Lebanon.Everyone at the dinner was doing something proactive concerning the crisis but knew that much more needed to be done.
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