Activists, Municipalities Reject Govt. Plans for Dumping Trash in Naameh, Akkar

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Activists and municipalities rejected Thursday a decision by the government to temporarily reopen the controversial Naameh garbage landfill and to set up a landfill in the Akkar town of Srar.

“In line with the municipal council's previous decisions and stances, the conferees unanimously stressed their rejection of any attempt to reopen the landfill, not even for one hour,” the Naameh Municipality said in a statement issued after an emergency meeting.

For its part, the so-called Campaign for the Closure of the Naameh Landfill emphasized that it will not allow authorities to reopen the facility, launching an open-ended sit-in outside the landfill's entrance to deny access to any garbage truck.

“The region cannot tolerate further diseases and deaths resulting from this landfill,” Naameh municipal chief Amin Fakhreddine said at the sit-in.

“We came here to reiterate the decision of the municipality, the dignitaries, spiritual leaders and residents on rejecting the reopening of this landfill even for a single hour,” he added.

Meanwhile, activists and residents took to the street in the northern region of Akkar to condemn the government's decision to set up a landfill in the Akkar town of Srar.

“We won't be a dumpster for your garbage and we reject (Agriculture) Minister Akram Shehayyeb's decision and any non-scientific, non-environmental decision that does not involve releasing the funds of municipalities,” said the protesters who rallied in Akkar's al-Abdeh area.

“We are protesting peacefully but we advise you not to try us and we call for a mass rally on Saturday,” an organizer said.

The developments come after the government approved in a marathon session late Wednesday a waste management plan proposed by Agriculture Minister Akram Shehayyeb.

The plan calls for reopening the Naameh landfill, which was closed in mid-July, for seven days to dump the garbage that accumulated in random sites in Beirut and Mount Lebanon.

It also envisions converting two existing dumps, in the northern Akkar area of Srar and the eastern border area of al-Masnaa, into sanitary landfills capable of receiving trash for more than a year.

Minister Shehayyeb said the plan will also make use of the waste management plant that is already operating in the southern city of Sidon and would also reactivate the Bourj Hammoud landfill near Beirut.

Ministries will also coordinate with the Council for Reconstruction and Development to renovate the Ras al-Ain landfill in the southern region of Tyre.

With nowhere to take the garbage, it has been temporarily dumped in empty lots, on roadsides, mountainsides and in riverbeds.

Shehayyeb warned that collecting the trash before rains began was essential to avoid contamination.

He also stressed that the government is fully committed to the seven-day deadline to use the Naameh landfill as a means to end the garbage crisis.


Comments 10
Default-user-icon flamethrower (Guest) 10 September 2015, 08:09

Gasoline prices dropped LL300 but diesel prices rose LL100.

Thumb kataebi1965 10 September 2015, 08:09

Go to hell Ayyash

Default-user-icon the_roar (Guest) 10 September 2015, 08:09

Ft, mowaten,, @tobji.finiq and I are the 5 most informative posters on naharnet by 5 country miles. No wonder our posts are always in the VIP section of the top rated comments.

Default-user-icon puppet (Guest) 10 September 2015, 08:21

I respect Mr. mowaten, Mr. the_roar, and Mr. flamethrower equally for their love of the environment.

Default-user-icon Phil (Guest) 10 September 2015, 09:23

The 'facility' shouldn't have been closed in the first place. We've been drowning in our own trash for two months now. Just because some angry mob decides to block roads and protest doesn't mean the state should give them what they want at the expense of other tax-paying citizens. But then again, do we really have a state?

Default-user-icon Darwr101 (Guest) 10 September 2015, 19:03

Something tells me that seven days will extend into seven months to seven years...The fact is that everybody knows that there is no other place to dump the garbage and reopening this landfill would only invite more trash into it as a way to buy more time which would be an insult to people's intelligence and the people of Naameh. What is needed is a serious national plan that will address the issue head on and honestly spell out the sacrifices that will have to be made to clean this mess up once and for all...and I don not see that happening with the Shehayyeb plan...which means more justified protests!!!

Default-user-icon JCWilliams (Guest) 10 September 2015, 21:16

When your government cannot do some thing as basic as garbage disposal without screwing everything up due to corruption, theft and stupidity it is clear that your government has to be toppled . Maybe the foreign benefactors of certain politicians can give them amnesty abroad . Geagea could go to Qatar for instance, Hariri already has amnesty in some of the world's finest hotels. Anyway don't worry about them , they will do just fine. Young people and activists will have to bleed. You are lucky that you don't have a military state within a state like Egypt and Pakistan' so you can depose your government without having a military dictator take over but Israel will attack Hezbollah and send you back to the Stone Age when people didn't have garbage collection. Huumm,.., you really are between a rock and a very hard place

Default-user-icon JCAmerican (Guest) 11 September 2015, 10:28

great unbiased post

Default-user-icon Libnan ya it3it (Guest) 11 September 2015, 00:02

Ahhhh......Libnan. The country I left 30 years ago (best decision I have ever made) still embroiled in the same old....same old. Same politicians, same names, same garbage (pun intended). Nothing ever changes.
I take that back, things do change, for the worse.
The best sign I saw someone carrying was the one that said: Some garbage should not be recycled, with the picture of all the politician on it. So true.
In Lebanon, the more things change the more they stay the same.

Default-user-icon PEACE (Guest) 11 September 2015, 00:52

Without a head chaos prevails at polititians level followed by chaos at popular level. Thank you general.