Temporary Solution To Beirut Trash Crisis
For eight months, rotting ‘rivers’ of trash have been festering on the streets of Lebanese capital Beirut, and the city’s residents have finally had enough, with mass protests planned for Monday.
The government has responded to the organisers’ threats to paralyse the city by confirming that it will reopen a landfill site and establish two new ones which will address the crisis for the next four years.
The “You Stink” movement has recently returned to protest the political stalemate and corruption that many blame the situation on. 3,000 people marched on the centre of Beirut yesterday, in a protest timed to coincide with an emergency cabinet meeting. In a statement the organisers declared, “The final warning has been sent, and we are now in a new phase. On Monday we will paralyse the country.”
After the meeting Information Minister Ramzi Jreij announced the government’s plans to tackle the crisis. The closed Naameh landfill site with be reopened for two months, in which time two new temporary sites will be established.