Activists protest near the parliament in Beirut, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Less than a week after Parliament approved Lebanon's first-ever waste management legislation, lawmakers and activists are organizing to address its gaps. The public has long called for legislation in the hope of ending the country's trash crisis. But the draft law approved Monday has been criticized by environmentalists and civil society actors as inadequate. Written 12 years ago, the law calls for decentralization in waste management, which would grant municipalities the power to determine their own strategies to that end. A day earlier, Ezzeddine's office hosted a workshop, attended by international and local experts, to discuss the law's shortcomings and possible solutions.To better understand the law, Ezzeddine's office had previously called on the International Solid Waste Association to review it and provide comments and opinions. In comments to The Daily Star, Ezzeddine said she was exploring different options to amend the law.Yacoubian, who along with Ezzeddine protested the legislation's inadequacies during a parliamentary session Monday, is now seeking to appeal the law before the Constitutional Council.
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