Trash problem in Lebanon

Protesters clashed with the police in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. They were complaining about the stink from the trash that has been piling up on the streets around the city for the last month. Beirut’s main landfill closed about a month back, and garbage collection stopped because there was no place to put the trash. The government has been unable to come to a decision about the garbage. Therefore, the rubbish has been piling up on the streets.

Lebanon is a country with lakes, rivers, mountains, beaches, and cedar trees – the tree also appears on its flag. Some cities in Lebanon are considered to be amongst the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world: Byblos, Sidon, and Beirut. People have been living in these cities for over 5000 years! Lebanon came under French rule, and got its independence from France in 1943.

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Sources:, CIA World Factbook,