BEIRUT: An east Lebanon town awoke to find piles of garbage in their fields earlier this week, as investigations showed that the waste had come from Mount Lebanon, the National News Agency reported.
Farmers in Majdaloun, just southwest of Baalbek, found the waste upon arriving in their fields on Thursday morning just outside of the village in a historic area known as Tal Majdaloun.
The municipality was informed, and after opening an investigation found that the mounds of trash had allegedly come from about six trucks from an unnamed area in Mount Lebanon, according to the village’s Mayor Talal Kheireddine. Authorities in the Baalbek-Hermel governorate were also informed.
“Instead of giving Majdaloun, the Bekaa Valley’s number one agricultural town, development, it was given trash,” the NNA quoted a resident as saying, and added that they have also filed a complaint to the General Prosecution.
They called on security forces to monitor trucks coming into the Bekaa from Daher al-Baidar, which lies between the valley region and Mount Lebanon.
“We will stop any truck carrying trash into our area,” they warned.
As some Lebanese regions have taken the initiative to treat their own local waste following the country’s trash crisis, which plagued Greater Beirut and Mount Lebanon from July last year to March, other areas are still struggling to find efficient solutions.
A government plan to establish landfills east and south of Beirut to manage the country’s waste has been met with fierce opposition from parties, locals and environmentalists, who argue that the scheme is only a temporary solution and will be damaging to the country’s environment, especially the sea where the landfills are located.
Source & Link : The Daily Star