Trash Collection Crisis Looms as Sukleen Says Municipality Blocking Access to Bourj Hammoud Site


A new waste collection crisis seems to be looming on the horizon after the Sukleen firm announced Wednesday that its trucks would stop transferring trash to the Bourj Hammoud site due to the municipality's decision to block access to the location.

“Due to the inability to transfer waste from the areas mentioned in our contract to the temporary storage site in Bourj Hammoud, which resulted from a decision by the municipality to block access to the site's entrance, the firm has informed the Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR) that it will no longer be able to collect and transfer waste from the aforementioned areas,” Sukleen said in a statement.

It added that it is awaiting “instructions from the CDR in this regard.”

Agriculture Minister Akram Shehayyeb, who is in charge of overseeing the government's emergency waste management plan, had warned Tuesday that the alternative to the plan would be the return of the waste management crisis that Lebanon witnessed last year, which saw piles of trash invading the country's streets, forests and riverbanks.

He also revealed that Bourj Hammoud's municipal chief had informed the CDR that the municipality would not allow the dumping of waste at the site as of Wednesday should works to establish a landfill remain suspended, out of fear that the piles of waste would become a “mountain of garbage” that poses health and environmental risks to the region.

Protesters from the Kataeb Party and civil society groups have been staging a sit-in for several days now outside the site and on August 11 they forced the suspension of works aimed at establishing a seaside garbage landfill there.

Kataeb chief MP Sami Gemayel has recently warned of health and environmental risks resulting from the dumping of unsorted and unrecycled waste at the Bourj Hammoud site, noting that “it is easy to find alternatives through endorsing a decentralized waste management plan.”

The country's unprecedented waste management crisis erupted in July last year when the country's central landfill in Naameh was closed amid the government's failure to find alternatives.

Comments 6
Thumb Elemental 24 August 2016, 18:43

Not surprised, the trash crisis never truly went away to begin with. All that happened with the issue, like COUNTLESS other issues, were ignored. Nice work sellouts, enjoy typhoid.

Missing imagine_1979 24 August 2016, 19:35

Maybe they should go and burry the trash in machnouk/chehayeb...and each and every one of our beloved miniters gardens....

Missing imagine_1979 24 August 2016, 19:43

No haram he got the from granddaddy man...
And in his own garden would be better, maybe he'll get a litle down to earth and see what shit lebanese people are living in..
Don't u fond that he became much more whealthy since he became minister?... He must be doing a lot of extra hours..
Change and reform :)

Missing humble 24 August 2016, 19:52

Someone is taking money to accept dumping the trash into the Sea. No one would destroy his own house. I accuse the Caporal wo is in the Metn and who doesn't care. Him and his gangsters must have received lots of money to cover such criminal acts.

Missing imagine_1979 24 August 2016, 19:59

Not only the caporal my friend.. Not only the caporal..
I do side with march14 against hezbos arms (even if i'm having some trouble to say the least with the current march14 positions... ) but as far as for anything else (electricity/water/education/public health system/sanitary planning.. Almost everything else: they are no better..
At least in my opinion..

Thumb marcus 24 August 2016, 21:32

Sukleen is a contractor. It is the government and its incompetent ministers' fault.