Recycling in Lebanon: A vital step in subduing ongoing garbage crisis

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Within the context of adequate waste management, recycling, the act of reprocessing waste products into reusable others, has proven an efficient practice.

by Perla Kantarjian -Source: Annahar

BEIRUT: Every dawn of a new revolution day has been bringing huddles of volunteers to nearly all the revolting Lebanese streets for the collective cause of gathering and sorting the garbage generated from the mass rioting, and many of Lebanon’s active recycling centers are taking part in this initiative.

Among the various admirable features of the October revolution, the protesters’ collective efforts at turning the revolution sites Eco-friendly remains noteworthy.

For almost a month now, the environmentalist Lebanese revolutionaries have been striving to reinforce the importance of waste management through cleaning and recycling all wastes generated from the ongoing revolution.

Ever since the nationwide garbage crisis erupted in 2015, Lebanese citizens have forcibly grown accustomed to the omnipresent scent and sight of rubbish, which has, among numerous other factors, scored Lebanon the 6th spot in the Pollution Index of 2019.

Within the heat of the continuing uprising against governmental corruption, the Lebanese protesters have raised various demands, and many of the revolution’s slogans have displayed the need for a clean, unpolluted living environment.

“Lebanon is suffocating in its own garbage,” Rami Kfoury, an environmentalist protester seen collecting cigarette butts from one of the revolution sites told Annahar. “In only a few days we have successfully gathered and recycled massive amounts of waste produced from the revolution. I hope the Ministry of Environment is watching us do what they have failed to do for so many years.”

Johanna Salem, sustainability expert, finds waste management practices in Lebanon “archaic”, and believes there is a “pressing need for a national integrated waste management strategy”.

For Salem, centralized waste recycling and recovery infrastructure are pivotal for the aforementioned strategy.

A research conducted by the American University of Beirut gives Salem’s belief veracity.

According to its estimates, 77 percent of Lebanon’s waste is either dumped or land-filled, even though only 10 to 12 percent of it cannot be composted or recycled.

“The upside of having such an outdated waste system,” Salem told Annahar, “is that we are presented with the opportunity to leapfrog to more sustainable waste practices like ‘Circular Economy’ activities, which strengthen the local economy and support Lebanon in achieving the UN SDGs, while promoting innovation and cooperation between government, private sector and CSOs.”

Within the context of adequate waste management, recycling, the act of reprocessing waste products into reusable others, has proven an efficient practice.

In Lebanon, many recycling centers have ushered into the private sector, especially in the years following the remaining garbage crisis, in pursuit of mitigating environmental pollution.

To aid readers interested in becoming more environmental-friendly in Lebanon, Annahar has assembled a list of the most active local recycling centers, including the types of waste they recycle, their services, and their contact details.

LIVE LOVE RECYCLE

1) Recyclable Waste: Paper, cardboard, plastic, nylon, metal and cans

2) Pick up to location through mobile application within 30 minutes, free of charge

3) +961 03 11 31 41

ARCENCIEL

1) Recyclable Waste: Plastic, paper, cardboard, aluminum, e-waste

2) Pick up service for 24,000 LBP per collection

Drop-off service zones in Jisr El Wati, Jisr El Bacha, Deir Taanayel, Halba

3) +961 01 495 561 extension 1418

RUNWASTE

1) Recyclable Waste: Paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, glass, e-waste

2) Pick up service set in terms of the client’s request. For a bimonthly pick up, the fee is 20,000 LBP

3) +961 3 901 251

L’ECOUTE NGO

1) Recyclable Waste: Paper, shredded documents, cardboard, nylon, scratch film, plastic, metal, aluminum, e-waste

2) Pick up service free of charge for companies, schools, banks. For households, cost is relative to the location

3) +961 76 176 234 or =961 70 391 908

RECYCLE BEIRUT

1) Recyclable Waste: Paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, glass, e-waste, nylon, wood

2) Pick up service for 15,000 LBP, or drop off at warehouse

3) +961 79 113 503 or +961 03 050 170

 

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