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Circularity in Lebanon

The solid waste sector has evolved internationally towards capitalizing on resources and material through various practices at the account of final disposal. This practice is known as circularity or circular economy. It starts from the production of material, where single use products, are replaced by reusable or recyclable products, to reduction of waste generation, to […] Read More

2020: A Wasteful or Wasteless Year

When we look back at year 2020, for us in Lebanon, four main incidents come to mind, economic crisis, Covid-19 pandemic, national lockdowns, and Port of Beirut explosion. The combination of these four incidents resulted in an economic recession that resulted in the closure of many business, a 48.5% decrease in imports compared to previous […] Read More

Waste Reduction

When we look at the municipal solid waste characterization in Lebanon, organic waste is usually in the range of 50% while plastics and cardboard/paper add-up to approximately 30%, while the remaining material combined form approximately 20%. So, when we are to consider municipal solid waste reduction, we should first focus on the two main leading […] Read More

Four Months & Counting (CDW Outside the Port)

Approximately, four months and ten days have passed since the devastating Port of Beirut explosion, and despite all the efforts limited action has taken place. Based on various rapid and initial assessment studies conducted by Municipality of Beirut, local consulting companies, International entities (EU, UNDP and World Bank), there are hundreds of thousands of CDW […] Read More

When Life Gives you Lemons…

Despite all the zero waste initiatives and promotions, it still remains a myth. Nevertheless, new strategies and master plans are helping in the conversion of solid waste management towards it without actually succeeding in attaining it. As for Lebanon, it is still far away from it with final disposal exceeding 75%. To make it even […] Read More

Lebanon and Circular Economy

Circular Economy is the latest international solid waste strategy following the green and blue economies that preceded it. Circular economy in principle aims at capitalizing on resources within the waste streams by circulating their use at the account of final disposal. On the other hand Lebanon in its current waste management schemes is far away […] Read More

A Version Waste of Decentralization

Perhaps George Santayana said it best in his quote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. It has been evident that most of the solid waste crisis that occurred over the past 30 years in Lebanon are due to the ongoing centralized waste management system covering approximately half of the quantities […] Read More

A shocking Blast

Beirut experienced on the 4th of the August 2020 a massive explosion destroying structures and glass at a radius that stretched for several Kilometers. Its vibration and echo went beyond 100 Km being felt and heard throughout the entire country and beyond to reach Cyprus more than 175 Km away. The destruction was massive, the […] Read More

Potential Collapse of the Solid Waste System

Throughout the recent history of Lebanon, more than one solid waste system has collapsed. Worldwide, the collapse of solid waste systems may be attributed to various reasons, public acceptance, failure of technologies, development of newer technologies, lack of means of sustainability, etc…. This article will highlight some of the key solid waste management systems that […] Read More

Potential Influence of COVID-19 on Future Solid Waste Management Schemes

Solid waste management worldwide prior COVID-19 was in a nutshell developing gradually towards prioritizing the upper part of the solid waste hierarchy pyramid and moving gradually to achieve the concepts and targets of circular economy. COVID-19 definitely had impact on everyone’s life and on various sectors including solid waste sector. Some of the key global […] Read More


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