Zero Waste Lebanon, A Goal We Can Achieve

This article was first published on the 28th of July, 2015, on LBCI.com | link

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Zero waste Lebanon is, for now, a fledgling idea, but given the desire for change manifesting on the streets of Beirut, there is no task or challenge insurmountable in terms of achieving this goal.

So how exactly can this be done? The answer is simple. Below are a few steps that will be highlighted as part of a concerted efforts to rid the country of waste.

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1-    RECYCLING

First off, separate your waste at home.
In a blue bag, place your recyclable trash that includes plastics, paper and cans.
In a black bag place all organic garbage/food leftovers. For more details click on this link.
Here is a complete list of organizations that provide recycling services in the country.

Paper
Earth organization – Baabda Lebanon
05/923060
Arc En Ciel – Sin el Fil
01/495561/5
Al Isgha2 Organization – Beirut
70/391908 – 03/655386
Lebanese Cardboard Corporation – Wadi Chahrour
05/940248 – 05/940403
Sipco – Kfarshima
05/433553
Sicomo – Kab Elias Bekaa
08/500550
Mimosa – Zahle/ Ka3 el Rim
06/401876/7 – 08/823600
Unipack Tissue Mill – Halat
09/478911
Glass
Soliver – Choueifat
05/803903
United Glass – Tripoli
06/389107
Al Zoujaj Al Yadawi – Sarafand/Saida
03/906091
Plastic
-Arc En Ciel – Sin el Fil
01/495561/5
-Al Isgha2 Organization – Beirut
70/391908 – 03/655386
-Plast Wood – Sin el Fil
01/491152
-Lebanese Recycling Works – Roumieh
01/890383
-Kilzi – Jdeideh Fanar
01/872133/4/5
-Alpha Plast Bur el Brajneh
03/750290
-Lefico – Sar3een Bekaa
08/921222
-Mazar Plast – Kab Elias
08/500683
-Yaza Plast – Ain Baal Tyre
03/282780
-Asia Plast – Tyr
03/745000
-Yehya el Hariri – Saida
07/190732
-Plastic South – Zahrani Saida
03/433310
-Plastic Chim – Zahrani Saida
07/223535 – 03/337788
-Publitex – Chouf
03/607678
Raw Materials
-Runwaste – Jnah
03/901251
-Charmtal – Chatilla Beirut
01/823675
-Mohammad Tawil – Choueifat
05/482090
-Abu Ahmad Al Achhab & Haneen – Ta3adod Riyak Baalbeck
03/201324
-Ahmad Khalife – Saida
07/222106 – 03/234514
-Aluxal – Choueifat
05/480406/7/8
-Al Araibi – Taanayel Zahle
08/510194
-Lebanese Company for Raw Materials – Baddawi Tripoli
03/281434
Electronic waste
-Al Isgha2 Organization – Beirut
70/391908 – 03/655386
-Be2itna – Dora Beirut
01/249653 – 71974751
Tires
-MEPS – Beirut
70/391908 – 03/655386
-OLA 3R – Nabatieh
03/977041
Also, UBER Beirut is now offering to pick up your recyclable waste, for free!

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2-    ORGANIC WASTE MANAGEMENT 

Now that all recyclable material has been dealt with, let’s look into what can be done in terms of all organic waste.

If you have a garden, here’s how you can create your very own compost. The compost will serve as bio-fertilizer to nourish your greens and save you some serious cash. Got a lot to deal with? Then contact Terre Liban and other organizations -mentioned above- who will gladly take your organic waste.

3-    A STEP TOWARDS CONSCIOUS CONSUMERISM 

The secret to the success of oligarchies and predatory capitalistic systems is the mindless consumerism of the citizens of a nation. Train yourselves to proactively consider what it is that you buy and how much you really need it. Alternatively, skimp on the excessive packaging that comes along with it.

Here’s a woman who hasn’t produced ANY waste in a OVER two years.

Bulk-buy at supermarkets.

Lebanon is a country that loves to follow a trend and with the waste management crisis taking the country by storm and the rise in demand for a greener solution, people will look into creating more farmers markets and zero-waste supermarkets where you can bulk-buy your products.

Refuse the plastic bags offered to you! Buy a tote bag instead and use that. This will surely reduce the plastic waste that is being discarded and tossed at sea, consequently becoming food for what’s left of the migrating turtles, seals and other marine life swimming through our waters and taking our shores for refuge.

Remember, the more turtles die, the more jellyfish reproduce, the less you can go to your trendy beach.

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THINK of the food you consume. Over %15-22% of greenhouse gases are caused by the meat industry. Cutting down on our meat consumption will drastically help decrease our greenhouse emissions.

“According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), our diets and, specifically, the meat in them cause more greenhouse gases carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide, and the like to spew into the atmosphere than either transportation or industry. The FAO report found that current production levels of meat contribute between 14 and 22 percent of the 36 billion tons of “CO2-equivalent” greenhouse gases the world produces every year.”

Don’t believe me? Watch the video where John Oliver tackles the universal problem of food waste and its effect on the planet.

There is a solution, there are alternatives, but first we must become aware and engage in active citizenship rather than remaining passive observers of a reality that is affecting us all. Because, the Lebanon featured in the cover photo above, is the Lebanon we want to preserve.