People attend a rally organized by the You Stink movement, protesting the city s plan to establish waste incinerators in Beirut, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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In Lebanon, civil society groups have long protested the government's decision to implement a waste-to-energy plant in order to mitigate the country's trash crisis – but globally, they are not alone in speaking out against the strategy. Civil society group the Waste Management Coalition have met with the United Nations Development Program, which is currently advising the Beirut municipality on how best to implement incinerators, the European Union and government officials to debate the adoption of a WtE plant.According to the WMC, using high-tech facilities to burn waste to create energy is not the answer to Lebanon's long-standing crisis.The government's praise for the use of incinerators abroad has eclipsed similar criticisms made by foreign environmental organizations opposing the waste management strategy.Fundamentally Lebanon lacks the facilities to test fly-ash – a hazardous byproduct of waste incinerators.Similarly, Lebanese activists have called upon the government to rehabilitate existing facilities and incentivize recycling along with compositing.Recycle Lebanon, a local organization that has long opposed incineration, recently launched a campaign compiling testimonies of foreign experts and activists who experienced incineration firsthand and reject it.
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