Tripoli shuts down
malfunctioning sorting plant
Will develop temporary landfill
The Municipality of Tripoli closed a waste sorting facility that serves Fayhaa Union of Municipalities, after complaints by citizens about the stench emanating from it.
The Chairman of the Tripoli Municipal Board, Ahmad Kamareddine, said: “We brought experts to inspect the source of the stench because we thought it was from the dump. They were conclusive that the source is the sorting plant.”
Tripoli’s sorting plant which absorbs more than 450 tons of waste per day is in need for rehabilitation. The foul smell has intensified in the past few weeks because composting operations had begun with poor ventilation, making the situation worse, according to Kamareddine.
The dumpsite will be used for now for all incoming waste until a new landfill is developed. The landfill will be located between the dump and Abu Ali river.
The landfill will serve Fayhaa Union for around three years. “We call on the Cabinet and the Council for Development and Reconstruction to expedite a project for the construction of an RDF (refuse-derived fuel) plant.”
Kamareddine expects that by the end of the three-year period, the landfill would be filled, but the plant would be constructed and operational.
Reported by Yassmine Alieh
Date Posted: Dec 28, 2017