Trash piles up

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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