Beirut residents at risk as city plans waste incinerators - An-Nahar English
BEIRUT: Leading environmental experts have warned against the establishment of waste incinerators in Beirut, amid the lack of governmental supervision to monitor and curb air pollution as well as toxic emissions in the highly dense urban area.
With the latest form of waste incinerators being touted by Beirut’s municipal council under the guise of thermal disintegration, Associate Professor at the College of Chemical Engineering at the American University of Beirut, Dr. Joseph Zeaiter, and Environmental Engineer Ziad Abi Chaker, rang alarm bells over this reported proposal.
Lebanon’s garbage problem: No time to waste - An-Nahar English
BEIRUT: The present waste crisis, which can be traced back to the start of the civil war, is a distinctly Lebanese fable at this point.
From unending trash pile-ups to random dumping, the country’s inability to properly deal with its waste output has continuously made international headlines.
“Disposing of the garbage at the height of the 2015 trash crisis should not have taken more than two months,” Rashed Sarkis, member of the ministerial committee tasked with monitoring the sustainable waste management plan, told Annahar.
Incinerators are Coming to Beirut and There’s Nothing We Can Do About it | Blog Baladi
Share all the documentaries and reports you want about incinerators being bad for the environment and for Beirut residents, they’re coming to Beirut and there’s nothing we can do about it. If anything, we should applaud the “comical” efforts being made by the authorities to portray these incinerators as being a good and sustainable solution, by showing us a Taiwanese rooftop built on top of an incinerator, or a state of the art “waste-to-energy” incinerator in a European city. Usually, they don’t even bother till the harm is done but they’re really trying hard to make these monsters look good.
Incinerators are coming and they’re a bad idea, but not one that we can stop, just like we couldn’t stop the authorities from dumping garbage into the sea, from ripping us off with higher generator bills, from imposing further taxes while giving themselves a raise and the list goes on. The Lebanese people voted for the same people who screwed them over the years and they’re being rewarded with garbage burning monsters.