File - Cars drive by piles of garbage amid the garbage crisis in Beirut on September 23, 2016. / AFP / JOSEPH EID
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Incineration as a waste disposal method is both expensive and environmental hazardous when not done correctly, a panel of experts at the American University of Beirut warned Wednesday.Alan Shihadeh, a professor of mechanical engineering, also noted that incineration would contribute to Lebanon's already high-levels of air pollution.Part of what has made incinerators an attractive option for Lebanon however, is that they can eliminate the need for landfills – one of the driving forces behind recent trash crises.In addition to the potential environmental hazards of incineration, Zeaiter also noted that, given the kinds of waste produced in Lebanon, incineration wasn't even the most effective option available.Ultimately, incinerators would only be effective for dealing with 12 to 16 percent of current solid waste production, Zeaiter said.
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