Lawmaker Sami Gemayel walks near trash washed up on the shore in Nahr al-Kalb, north of Beirut, Jan. 22, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Prime Minister Saad Hariri Monday ordered the immediate cleanup of a Kesrouan beach after storms littered the seafront with tons of trash.However, the same stretch of beach Monday was strewn with everything from plastic waste to used sanitary napkins after heavy storms last week were believed to have swept trash from the controversial costal Burj Hammoud landfill out to sea and up the coast.The Burj Hammoud landfill was expanded following the closure of the Naameh landfill in 2015 .Operated by Khoury Contracting and commissioned by the Council for Development and Reconstruction, the temporary landfill site has been accepting tons of waste each day while the final landfill site is still being constructed. CDR released Monday afternoona statement denying that trash had originated from the Burj Hammoud landfill.According to the statement, old waste spilled into the Nahr al-Kalb river and onto surrounding beaches due to the failure to properly clean such dumping sites.
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