Non recyclable waste is fed into Sicomo s incinerator in Qubb Elias. (The Daily Star/Victoria Yan)
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If waste incinerators come to Lebanon, they will bring pollution and threaten people's health or so say those opposed to the technology. But Lebanon already has an incinerator. For the past seven years, a small waste-to-energy plant in the country's east has quietly converted non-recyclable trash into power.Karim Haddad, general manager of Sicomo, a paper production and recycling company, told The Daily Star that he has kept quiet about his company's private incinerator as various groups spar over the plan to install more to the country. A CHARGED TOPICThe Beirut Municipality has pushed for the implementation of an incinerator to help address Lebanon's chronic waste crisis. As part of that plan, the municipality has invited a number of international experts to endorse the incinerator strategy in attempt to convince the public that burning waste into energy is the best solution.The WMC has also noted that incineration requires a steady input of waste to produce energy.Haddad confirmed that Sicomo has maintained its incinerator for several years without much issue.A CLIENT'S INTERESTSSicomo constructed its small-scale incinerator in 2010 after its work led to an accumulation of non-recyclable waste.
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