Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said he plans to establish a waste-to-energy plant as an alternative to disposing of Beirut's garbage in a landfill.
“I intend to establish an incinerator for Beirut waste to generate electric power,” Machnouk said in remarks published Friday by local newspaper Al-Liwaa.
He said a feasibility study will begin soon. "The analysis shouldn't take more than a year and a half or two years to be completed.”
Machnouk said the plant is expected to accomodate about 1,500 tons of waste per day.
He said the project will be brought up during a development conference in Beirut next week.
Lebanon has been hit by an unprecedented trash crisis since mid-July when the Environment Ministry closed the overused Naameh landfill but failed to provide a new management plan, causing waste services to collapse.
With winter’s approach, rains have begun to sweep trash into streets and rivers, posing an alarming threat to public health.