Too much waste is generated in Lebanon. Of this, only 48% goes to the landfills; 15% composted; 8% is recycled, and most of it down cycled into products and materials of lower value than the original ones. Zero Waste Lebanon challenges conventional waste management, which is inherently designed for a linear economy. We propose the managing of resources in a way that their value and energy are preserved, thereby enabling a circular economy as well as economic savings for the public authorities and reducing environmental and health impacts.
A zero waste strategy is based on an ambitious waste prevention policy, proactive reuse and optimized separate collection of waste at source to guarantee quality recycling. By reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills, zero waste strategies are faster to implement, cheaper to operate, and safer for the environment. All in all, a zero waste strategy is about involving the community in the management of their own resources, and making it cheaper and more convenient for citizens to do the right thing.
Zero Waste Lebanon works with communities and municipalities to implement zero waste strategies in a growing number of Lebanon towns using this expertise to effectively campaign for zero waste policies.
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Lebanon’s municipal waste has potential capability. Sixty per cent consists of organic waste; 20 per cent paper and cardboard; five per cent glass, four per cent metals; and two per cent plastics. Various projects have been undertaken to renew waste disposal sites, mostly in Beirut. The Waste Management Company has invested in the development of a sound solid waste management strategy in Lebanon and started a few pilot initiatives. A country report by the Solid Waste Exchange of Information and Expertise Network in the MENA region presents a number of small- and medium-sized sorting and composting plants, some under construction that have been implemented by the Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform through the financing companies.
The municipal investment projects in solid waste management resulted in the construction of 12 solid waste facilities, the delivery of 13,788 solid waste collection containers and 59 solid waste collection and handling vehicles. The American University of Beirut Solid Waste Management Task Force spoke of 28 recycling companies for treatment of plastics (13), metals (10), paper (8), glass (3), electronics (2) and tires (2) in 2016.
To support these initiatives, WASTE MANAGEMENT EXPO LEBANON 2019 will bring together waste professionals in a common platform to discuss, present, exchange ideas and information about the latest advanced waste and recycling methods, products and services in the field.
It will also tackle and address a variety of waste management issues through a conference.
Waste Management Lebanon Expo 2019 offers potential and tremendous opportunities for new businesses and markets, as it presents various issues relating to waste collection, waste generation and pollution, and more, which, in turn necessitates the need for innovative products, services, equipment and technologies and sustainable solutions.