BEIRUT: Environment Minister Mohammed Machnouk Monday announced the names of companies that won the bidding to manage waste in Lebanon's six governorates.
"This is the first time in our history we conduct such a huge bidding," Machnouk told reporters after a meeting to decide the best prices offered by companies to manage Lebanon's waste.
He described the tenders as "transparent," considering them a "big achievement within the current situation."
Machnouk blamed the political rift for the six-month delay in completing bidding.
"We reached a happy ending to this crisis in an attempt to achieve a clean Lebanon."
Machnouk announced that the offers for the six districts were completed in the last three weeks.
The offers for each district were submitted separately.
"We will supervise the work of the companies in cooperation with municipalities and civil society groups,” the minister emphasized.
Asked about the possibility of reopening the Naameh landfill until locating an alternative, Machnouk expressed hope that the residents of the area would allow that to happen for the next six months.
"If they disagreed then we will locate another landfill," the minister added.
The Environment Ministry closed on July 17 the controversial Naameh landfill, which has taken in more than 15 million tons of trash since its 1998 opening, despite its 2-million-ton capacity.
"Today, Lebanon and the Lebanese open a new page in its history concerning the management of its solid waste,” Machnouk said.