Sarah Khalife has just won a Bronze Medal in the Aquatics 100M Free Style for Lebanon at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games that are being held in Los Angeles. Sarah is not the only member of the Lebanese delegation as there are 13 other athletes competing in different events. I looked them up on the LA Special Olympics website:
Mohammad al Agha
Saad el Ghadban
Congrats to Sarah and best of luck to all our athletes!
I previously wrote a long post on ways to reduce waste and shared a list of Lebanese companies that recycle with all the information you need. I’m hoping that some of you have already started recycling and contacting these companies but for those who still didn’t, Uber Beirut just launched today in partnership with Live Love Beirut & Advanced Cars an initiative to encourage recycling by collecting on-demand recyclable wastes from Lebanese citizens from Uber.
All you need to do is select the UberRECYCLE Option from the app between 3pm to 8pm from July 29th through August 5th and a van will pass by to collect your bags and hand them to ARCENCIEL who will handle the recycling process. All pickups are free of charge so you have no excuse not to start recycling as of today.
Here’s how to divide your trash: Blue bags: Plastic (i.e Water bottles, detergents, shampoo bottles, beverages…) Black bags: Metal (i.e Tins, cans, metal caps…) Pink: (or any other colur): Paper (i.e Newspapers, magazines, cardboard, boxes…)
If you wish to keep sending recyclable wastes to ARCENCIEL after #UberRECYCLE campaign ends, all you have to do is call 01/495561 ext 1413.
As I’ve stated in previous posts, we don’t need to wait for the government or Sukleen to start recycling and reducing waste and I’m glad to see some municipalities like Arssoun in Baabda Kaza already started doing that. We can put an end to this garbage crisis by sorting our own trash and contacting the tens of companies in Lebanon that recycle.
I’m sharing once again the list of companies that recycle in Lebanon:
I’m sure you are all familiar now with the Velfie dude. As I said he has some funny videos but some of them are pretty annoying. I wasn’t sure how to explain it in words but Rabih Salloum did by posting a counter-velfie and it’s hilarious.
NAFTTEE stands for “National Advanced Formula for the Transformation of Trash into Eco-Electricity” and is a registered trademark by Indevco whose CEO is Nehmat Frem. The project emerged after the last garbage crisis that hit Lebanon but has been there for quite some time . NAFTTEE “provides a green solution for waste treatment and channel the latter into a decentralized generation of eco-electricity”, so it basically sorts and converts trash into electricity. This is exactly what we need in this country, yet our dear government is still looking for new landfill locations and more innovative and corrupt ways to pollute the country.
I don’t have a lot of information on NAFTTEE but maybe municipalities and big cities should consider investing in it to reduce waste and generate electricity. Is it possible for them to do it without coming back to the authorities? Was NAFTTEE implemented anywhere in Lebanon already? Does anyone know anything about it?
PS: I know for a fact NAFTTEE has been implemented in the state of Pennsylvania for several years now.
Around 1000 Lebanese demonstrated in front the Grand Serail in Beirut against corruption and the current garbage situation. I grouped some of the pictures and shared them here. Meanwhile, the government stated yesterday that garbage collection will resume on Saturday night after a temporary solution was reached to replace Naameh with other landfills whose location was not specified. I think we will soon find out where new locations are once locals start blocking roads like Naameh residents did.
Of course “temporary” is the solution to almost every crisis in Lebanon and it won’t take long before the temporary becomes final just like what happened with Naameh. Moreover, the government is still not considering recycling which is quite pathetic to say the least but again that’s not an excuse for municipalities and Lebanese not to start recycling and reduce waste.
There’s an anti-corruption demonstration planned today at 5PM in front of the Grand Serail in Beirut. The aim is to rise against corruption, pressure our politicians to find a quick solution for the garbage crisis and demonstrators are being asked to bring their garbage with them to dump them in front of the Serail.
To be honest I am not a big fan of demonstrations especially when there’s no action plan after it but I cannot but support any movement against corruption and against the rotten political class in Lebanon. The government knew Sukleen had a deadline, Minister Mashnouq was aware of that as well yet they didn’t have any contingency plans to contain a probably garbage crisis and the result is what’s happening today. Over 5000 have agreed to join the demo this afternoon and I hope the number on Facebook will be reflected on the ground. A “fachit khele2″ is much needed and people should go and throw their garbage in front of the parliament instead of throwing and burning them recklessly. Let’s also try to throw an official in the garbage like they did in Ukraine.
The fact that no one is collecting garbage is not an excuse to throw it all over the place and complain about no one collecting it, but a reminder that this garbage right in our faces is being dumped elsewhere without any recycling or any waste management and is polluting some small village and threatening its residents. We need to to stop relying on the government and start recycling and reducing waste ASAP. Let’s start recycling at home and be role models for others to follow. Today we can make a stand and make headlines on TV but everything will go in vain if we go back home and do nothing the day after. What matters is what happens after the demo.