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A coalition of civil society and environmental groups Wednesday slammed the government's plans to expand two coastal landfills in a short-term bid to keep trash off Lebanon's streets.The new coalition, which was formed in December and calls itself the Waste Management Coalition (WMC), said it would contest any plans to expand the Costa Brava and Burj Hammoud landfills, as per a plan submitted by Environment Minister Tarek Khatib last year.These landfills, serving the Beirut area, were reopened last year as a temporary solution to Lebanon's 2015 waste crisis.The WMC has called on the government to work towards alternatives – one of which, an environmental plan to identify sites for the establishment of solid waste management facilities, was already submitted to Cabinet in August 2017 .
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