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From waste to revenue (Lebanon)

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From waste to revenue (Lebanon)

Short-term solutions are not the most effective. In fact, they can even make things worse. In seeking a long-term, sustainable solution to solid waste management, VNG International worked with local authorities in Lebanon, The Hague and Almere to strengthen solid waste management capacities – as Lebanon dealt with a massive influx of Syrian refugees.

The use of traditional methods of waste disposal increased with the doubling or even trupling of population due to the influx of refugees. These short-term solutions are not the proper answer.

THE PROJECT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR AITANIT BECAUSE IT TRANSFORMS OUR VILLAGE INTO A SHOWCASE FOR NEIGHBORING VILLAGES

MR. ASSAAD NAJEM

MAYOR OF AITANIT

Combining the knowledge and experience of Dutch and Lebanese municipal staff, we began a sorting-at-source programme for most garbage – so valuable raw material could be sold and recycled, and organic waste composted. The objective was to reduce residual waste by 78% within one year.

In Manarah and Aitanit, the entire community has been mobilized to start sorting their solid waste at home. A second phase focuses on post-sorting at the warehouse so that the remaining recyclables are subtracted from the residual waste.

Building of the warehouse in early 2017 in Manarah: a new waste sorting facility guaranteeing better futures for the whole community.

Using the west Bekaa as a showcase, we expanded our interventions to the Beqaa valley, which caught the attention of the UNDP – who are willing to use our expertise and experience to start a pilot project in Northern Lebanon.

From waste to revenue The Results
  • Two successful waste management pilots, rewarded with a Grade B quality certificate (more than sufficient for agricultural use).
  • Expansion to 5 villages (Aqaba and surroundings).
  • The successful rehabilitation of a huge open air dump site, where waste had been being burned in the open air.
Team members
  • Anika Timmerman and Jarik Stollenga VNG INTERNATIONAL THE HAGUE
  • Rami Assaf, Grace Abdallah, Ziad Moussa VNG INTERNATIONAL LEBANON
  • Robert Ravensbergen, Peter Wilders MUNICIPALITY OF ALMERE
  • Sarah van Nispen, Henry Terlouw MUNICIPALITY OF THE HAGUE
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