Beirut has been facing a major trash collection crisis for nearly two weeks after the city's primary landfill site was declared full and closed. Without a place to dispose of the 3,000 tons of trash generated daily in Lebanon's capital, it's everywhere.
But as the situation begins to change, Lebenese daily Al-Mustaqbal"s Wednesday edition features two contrasting photos. A street filled with garbage is pictured alongside one of a street being cleaned up by employees of Sukleen, a private company in charge of garbage removal in the capital.
The beginning of cleanup comes after a week of relentless criticism against the government, which had been nable to find a permanent solution to the landfill's closure. Demonstrators blocked several roads, especially the one where the Environment Ministry is situated. But on Monday, Prime Minister Tammam Salam, who threatened to resign if no decision was made about the crisis, announced after heading a ministerial committee that trash collection would immediately resume and woud be distributed to undisclosed locations.
ABOUT THE SOURCE: Al-Mustaqbal ("The Future") is an Arabic language daily newspaper headquartered in Beirut. It was founded in 1995.