Trucks transport trash to be dumped in the sea in Karantina, Thursday, June 29, 2017. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Metn's Jdeideh currently transports a portion of its waste to Zahle, over the mountains in Lebanon's east a setup that is "not logical," Mayor Antoine Jebara told The Daily Star.While his town has committed to recycling over the "past four to five years," Jebara said, it must do something with the "residual material". To find a better solution than transporting this nonrecyclable garbage to Zahle, the highly populated municipality is now looking into constructing an incinerator. The incinerator has also been used to burn garbage sent by other municipalities.According to Amal Ephram, a member of the Waste Management Coalition, which gathers organizations and individuals working on environmental issues in Lebanon, many Jdeideh residents are against the implementation of an incinerator.Incinerators have long been criticized by environmental activists, locally and abroad.Another issue raised by activists is that Jdeideh's incinerator would be expected to process about 200 tons of material daily.Haddad said that the incinerator would only be one part of Jdeideh's waste management strategy.
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