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Lebanese highway reopened after rubbish crisis

The highway running between Beirut and the South of Lebanon has reopened after a standoff between protesters and police about trash disposal.

Lebanon-Beirut Highway.
Lebanon-Beirut Highway. Image by Alper Çuğun / CC BY 2.0

A dispute about landfill sites between the government and the country’s main waste disposal company resulted in no rubbish being collected for almost a week. Mountains of garbage accumulated on the streets, unfortunately coinciding with an intense heatwave and making living conditions appalling. On hearing plans that Beirut’s waste was to be transferred to the Karoub region, furious protesters blocked the route. The highway was reopened after an agreement that no waste would be moved without the municipalities’ agreement. Read more: alamanar.com