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Hello, Lebanon. It’s me, your friendly Green Patriot. If you are following our political programs, then you know that on January 17th, 2015, the council of ministers is set to meet. One of the many items set on their agenda is to discuss what to do with the Naameh Landfill.

In response to the activism coming from those living by the area, the Naameh landfill was supposed to be shut down last year. The understanding was that a new landfill would be opened in its place. Owing to the dynamics of NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard), the council did not make a decision as to where the new landfill would be, and delayed shutting down the Naameh landfill for a year. Now, the time to make a decision as to what to do has come again.

According to Minister of Health Wael Abou Faour, garbage will be spread in the streets on January 17th in order to pressure the council of ministers to take action, as opposed to postponing the decision yet again.

I cannot help but wonder though, why the idea is to simply create more landfills. Why not use waste management plants? Believe it or not, we actually have a number of such plants which are built, but not operational. Why not put our resources not only in diverting the trash away from Naameh, but also to processing our trash more responsibly in facilities which we have already built?

In any case, we are about to see environmental political protest in every sense of the word. Let us hope that this gets resolved soon.

Hello, Lebanon. It’s me, your friendly Green Patriot. The Naameh landfill is closed again. In my neck of the concrete (there is no need to use the expression “neck of the woods”–images related to forestry are not applicable), the 48 hour opening period made no difference, as my neighborhood’s trash was never collected. After driving around today it actually wasn’t collected in a lot of places all over Beirut and Mt. Lebanon. Either way, the protesters have decided that the dumpsite remain closed until a comprehensive plan is presented to them. 

What I find interesting is that this creates the immediate need for governing bodies to act. For this to happen, cabinet needs to be formed. Who would have thought that environmental protesters would have highlighted the need for government in a few days in a way that other methods have not? I  certainly hope this happens soon, as our streets are becoming more and more polluted by the minute. Furthermore, leaving trash untreated allows for the fast spread of disease. This happens through direct exposure to germs from trash, and through infection by bugs that are attracted to trash. If the trash is left there in the long run, the waste could get into our soil and ground-water, and create soil and water that is no longer fit for human use. 

My fellow Lebanese, I wish I had something good to report lately. All I can say is that we are at rock bottom at this point. No government, no trash collection, no peace, no security…but you know all of this. Given our considerable room for improvement, I can only hope that we will take the hint and not continue our race to the bottom. Let’s hope that this problem–and others–gets solved soon!

Hello, Lebanon. It’s me, your friendly Green Patriot. The protesters outside of the Naameh Landfill have been quite active.

Yesterday, Tammam Salam negotiated a deal, requesting that the protesters in front of the Naameh Landfill allow the road leading to the dump to be open for 48 hours after promising that a solution will be found, and that a committee will be created to address environmental issues once cabinet was created. At first, the protesters accepted the deal, then they rejected it. Today on the news, it appears as though the deal went through, and the road is open for 48 hours.

I cannot confirm if this true or not, as the trash is still piled high in my neighborhood.

In any case, I cannot remember an environmental protest that has had such profound effects within days. This should indicate to all of us that we cannot allow our waste mismanagement to continue. There is much we can do with it. We can recycle a lot of it (and we have recycling plants, although they are not operational). We can process our non-recyclable waste much more effectively. Believe it or not, we have solid waste management plants that are not operational.

We can even create biofuels and generate electricity from our biodegradable waste. Given that we spend 18-20 hours a day on generator power, we could certainly use eco-friendly and cost-effective energy generation. We would both pay less and pollute less. Alternatively, to boost our agricultural sector, we could convert our biodegradable waste into mulch or organic fertilizers.  This is an inexpensive process, and a timely product, considering the state of agricultural sector at the present.

Come on, my fellow Lebanese. Let’s think about what good we could do with our waste. It’s about time we start thinking about the good we could do with our waste.

Dumping it is insufficient, and forcing citizens to accommodate five times the designated amount (it was set up to accommodate 2 million tons, the dumpsite actually accommodates 10 million) is completely unacceptable. I hope this is resolved in a fashion that is both environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Hello, Lebanon. It’s me, your friendly Green Patriot. If you live in Beirut or parts of Mt. Lebanon, then I am  sure you are aware of that our trash has not been collected for the third day in a row. The reason for this is that there is an ongoing protest concerning the overuse of the Naameh landfill. Originally designed to accommodate 2 million tons of waste, it now carries 10 million tons. Believing that enough is enough, residents of Naameh, surrounding villages, and members of environmental NGOs are conducting a sit-in at the dumpsite. The sit-in around the landfill blocks Sukleen trucks from being able to dump their garbage. As such, Sukleen trucks have decided not to collect their trash until the government makes decisions about waste management.

In the meantime, Al-Nahar captures what our streets look like:  Image

 

 

My fellow Lebanese, neither situation can continue. Join me in pushing our caretaker government to create sustainable waste management options. We already have several solid waste management plants that are not operational–let us open and use them. We have some recycling companies–let us capitalize and expand on them. Our trash has reached emergency levels, and it will continue to do so if action is not taken.