A garbage truck is seen at a recycle center in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim
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Responsibility for the closure of a Tripoli sorting and composting plant, inaugurated in June 2017, appeared unclear as the operating company AMB rebuffed all accusations of mismanagement put forward by the Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform. Rania Abou Mosleh, managing director of AMB, dismissed the account provided by OMSAR's project manager Mohammad Baraki published in The Daily Star on Jan. 5 . The state-of-the-art facility was funded through a private-public partnership scheme that included a $1.63 million EU grant to the Fayha Municipalities Union and a private investment on the part of AMB, under the supervision of OMSAR. Abou Mosleh argued that the company invested close to $4 million in the facility and that it was therefore in its interest to manage it well and profit from the investment. Two audit reports – one drafted by UNDP and one by OMSAR – and seen by The Daily Star point to a number of shortcomings in the facility.Abou Mosleh said she had "proof" that the bad odor was not generated by the composting facility, which is adjacent to Tripoli's 40-meter-high open-air dump.Abou Mosleh, however, insisted that improvements had been made at the facility to collect a higher number of recyclables, the sale of which generates profit for AMB.
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