Trash piles up
Garbage piled up Tuesday on the streets of cosmopolitan Beirut amid a growing dispute over tiny Lebanon's largest trash dump, picketed by residents as it should have closed permanently days earlier.
The main company in charge of picking up the trash, Sukleen, had its workers sweeping Beirut's streets, though not picking up any of the garbage. Typically, the refuse would have gone to the Naameh landfill, just south of Beirut, which has been functioning since 1997.
But Naameh was scheduled to close July 17. Since then, residents of Naameh and nearby villages have blocked roads to prevent trucks from reaching it to unload trash out of fears it could be reopened.
That's left Beirut's residents dodging the growing piles of litter, now baking in the summer sun.
Sukleen spokeswoman Pascale Nassar said the company kept collecting trash until Sunday night, when their facility in Beirut could not take any more garbage.
Nassar said Sukleen is waiting for authorities to offer them guidance on what to do.