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Early 2016 Beach clean-ups

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Ini­ti­ated by Joslin Ke­hdy, Re­cy­cle Le­banon was cre­ated as a re­sponse to Le­banon’s trash cri­sis, call­ing for com­mu­nity ac­tion through its #Divein­toac­tion events and col­lab­o­ra­tions for sus­tain­able so­lu­tions and change. They aim to be­come a kind of syn­di­cate of all is­sues and ini­tia­tives about the econ­omy, so­ci­ety and en­vi­ron­ment con­cern­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. “Re­cy­cle Le­banon came out of a ba­sic need. How can I make Le­banon bet­ter? What can I do? Who’s al­ready do­ing what, where and how?” says Ke­hdy. “There are an abun­dance of ini­tia­tives work­ing to­wards sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. This needs to be ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple. With the launch of Re­cy­cle Le­banon’s hub, it will soon be eas­ier to get in­volved on an in­di­vid­ual level.” Re­cy­cle Le­banon started their ac­tion on the coun­try’s beaches, or­ga­niz­ing a se­ries of clean ups, col­lect­ing waste washed up by the sea. They chose Nahr el Kalb beach as their first pro­ject with Zbeleh bala 7oudoud – a vic­tim of the waste cri­sis with trash thrown into the val­leys taken from the river into the sea, and back to the shore­lines.

With its first pub­lic beach clean up held on 16 Jan­uary, each edi­tion is get­ting big­ger, with 42 vol­un­teers col­lect­ing 210 60 liter bags of waste in the last edi­tion. Re­cy­cle Beirut, Ar­cenciel, Cedar En­vi­ron­men­tal and Catalyc­tic Ac­tion are col­lect­ing the waste Re­cy­cle Le­banon gath­ers and so far, 580 bags of plas­tic waste have been pro­cessed. Ke­hdy be­lieves re­cy­cling is only part of the so­lu­tion with aware­ness of waste pro­duc­tion es­sen­tial. “Re­think, refuse, re­duce, re­use, re­cy­cle, rot,” she says. “Sort at the source and say no to plas­tics, use re-use­able bags and con­sume less sin­gle-use plas­tics. Small ac­tions can make big im­pacts.”

Left: Re­cy­cle Le­banon Founder Joslin Ke­hdy

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