Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks with Mahmoud Makkieh, Cabinet s secretary-general, during a Cabinet session in Beirut, Aug. 27, 2019. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Cabinet endorsed a plan Tuesday to create 25 sanitary landfills and three waste incinerators, including one in Beirut, in order to deal with Lebanon's garbage in the medium to long term. The locations of much of the rest of the infrastructure require further discussion, Environment Minister Fadi Jreissati announced following a roughly three-hour Cabinet session dedicated to the waste issue. Hezbollah and the Amal Movement, the dominant political forces in south Lebanon, would present a location for a third incinerator south of Beirut within the next two weeks, he said, adding the government planned to have incinerators up and running in about five years.Lebanon needs a way to handle waste in an environmentally friendly way until incinerators are built, Jreissati said Tuesday.Cabinet took "no decision at all" to expand the Burj Hammoud landfill or the Costa Brava landfill -- which lies on the coast just south of Beirut -- in Tuesday's session, Jreissati said.
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