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Lebanon Needs a Long-Term Waste-Management Strategy

Lebanon is once again staring down a waste management crisis, with news that the Costa Brava and Bourj Hamoud landfills will reach capacity in 2018—two years before the government’s initial estimate of 2020. In response, the cabinet is reportedly considering a proposal to reopen the infamous Naameh landfill, whose closure in 2015 sparked a crisis that left garbage piling up in the streets of Beirut. Expand Garbage is piled near a highway in Beirut, Lebanon January 19, 2016. © 2017 Reuters The government’s solution to that crisis was a temporary fix, adopted in March 2016, to dump waste…

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