Young people pose for a photo as they tour Byblos souk in Jbeil, Friday, May 15, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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When Jbeil Mayor Wissam Zaarour said last summer he would free his city of plastic bags by the new year, reactions ranged from skeptical to baffled. With Lebanon up to its neck in waste, the move to ban plastic bags across a municipality seemed like a pipe dream, with many questioning whether Jbeil had what it took to enforce such a drastic measure.Two of the area's largest local supermarkets, including Supermarket Jbeil and Hage Supermarket, have both complied, offering their shoppers biodegradable bags.The mayor, aware that not all of Jbeil's businesses have observed the memo, said he was assembling a list of all businesses that have yet to eliminate plastic bags.National supermarket chains, such as Spinneys and Charcutier Aoun close to Jbeil, are not technically within the municipality's borders, Zaarour said, leaving them out of his reach.Jbeil's decision is just one example of how some municipalities have sought to take responsibility for local waste issues.
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