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Waste-treatment plant opens in south Lebanon

A European Union-funded waste treatment plant has opened in the south Lebanon village of Kfour, in the Nabatieh district, part of ongoing efforts to help Lebanon deal with its crippling trash crisis

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A European Union-funded waste treatment plant has opened in the south Lebanon village of Kfour, in the Nabatieh district, part of ongoing efforts to help Lebanon deal with its crippling trash crisis.

The 10,000-square-meter plant took 12 months to build.

“It took around six months for the equipment to be installed,” said Charbel Bou Chalhoub, executive manager of Bou Chalhoub Industries and Trading, the company that equipped the plant. “They are distributed between the sorting area and the composting area.”

Some of the equipment was imported, he explained, but most was manufactured in Lebanon. The plant includes a machine to mix compost aerobically, shredding it for organic agriculture use, reported The Daily Star.

“All the production lines are Lebanese; the line will start with a capacity of 15 tons per hour.”

Minister of State for Administrative Development Nabil de Freij, EU Ambassador to Lebanon Christina Lassen, and Shqif-Nabatieh Municipality Union head Mohammad Jaber were present at the opening.

The plant sorts and treats up to 200 tons per day, said Samir Ghosn, from the operating firm, Lavajet.

“We carried out several experimental operations and we can treat 200 tons per day, and the production capacity can reach 300 tons,” Ghosn explained.

Towns in the Shqif-Nabatieh Municipality Union, which includes 26 municipalities, produce between 150 and 200 tons of waste per day, he added. The plant will employ between 50 and 70 workers.

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