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LEBANESE GOVERNMENT APPROVES PLAN TO FIX TRASH CRISIS

03/28/2016

On March 26, the Lebanese government approved a plan to rectify the garbage crisis that has fuelled protests throughout the past seven months. The crisis has raised concerns about public health and the viability of the Lebanese government. The plan supports the creation of two landfills near Beirut, and a third one south of Beirut to house the trash that has been piling up since July. The crisis began when a landfill south of Beirut was closed last summer without any plan for its reinstatement. Previously, the government was working on a long-term plan to export garbage, which failed because the firm in charge of instituting it did not obtain documents showing that Russia, the country receiving the garbage, had agreed to the plan. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-lebanon-government-trash-idUKKCN0WE0VG.