Lebanon’s pollution crisis

Lebanon's garbage crisis  has become a threat to the entire Mediterranean environment.

Lebanon's unparalleled waste management crisis erupted last July 2015 when the Naameh landfill which was receiving the waste of Beirut and Mount Lebanon was closed. The crisis, which sparked unprecedented protests against the government, has seen streets, forests and riverbanks overflowing with garbage and the air filled with the smell of rotting and burning garbage.

But far from the crisis being over, Lebanon's government is now building a massive ocean-side dump for waste, some of it toxic - a cordoned-off concrete harbor similar to breakwater bays for yachts.There is no end, it seems, to Lebanon’s trash crisis, a potent symbol of the dysfunctional, sect-based politics that define this tiny country: The garbage problem has long been a symbol of a failure of Lebanese politics.

A seaside dump under construction in Lebanon threatens to make international the waste crisis that has produced surreal images of trash clogging roads.