Committee reaches agreement on long-term trash plan
A ministerial committee agreed on a long-term waste management plan put forward by the Environment Ministry, but postponed discussion on expanding two of the country’s main landfills. The meeting came after the Cabinet last week decided to form a ministerial committee to study Environment Minister Tarek Khatib’s plan as well as a proposal by the Council for Development and Reconstruction to expand the Costa Brava and Burj Hammoud landfills as a temporary solution to the waste crisis.
Cabinet approved a plan to establish the two landfills in March 2016.
“The committee discussed the general policy that the ministry has put forward and it agreed on the general principles suggested for solid waste management with some amendments in its drafting,” Khatib told reporters after the meeting that was chaired by Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the Grand Serail.
“The plan will be presented to the Cabinet either in its first or second session [of the new year] to be agreed on according to the schedule,” he added, noting that it will be implemented once the Cabinet approves it.