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WATCH: Silver lining of the rubbish crisis: Lebanon's first zero waste recycling plant

After over nine months of a rubbish crisis in Beirut, the municipality is finally starting to listen to Lebanon's recycling companies
A truck drives past a temporary garbage dump east of the Lebanese capital Beirut on March 18, 2016. (Patrick Baz / AFP)

After almost 20 years working on recycling in Lebanon, Ziad Abi Chaker has finally got the municipality to listen to him, but it took a year long garbage crisis to make it happen. Yet, even when the garbage was piling up on the streets and the smell permeated Beirut, Ziad still had to pressure the government to see that his NGO, Cedar Environmental, could offer a solution. 

Cedar Environmental is an engineering company that builds recycling plants. The municipality simply have to deliver the rubbish to the plants, then they process the waste creating raw materials for use by industries in Lebanon and high grade compost for agricultural projects. Cedar Environmental's aim is to one day recycle all household waste, with nothing incinerated or buried, and they have created the technology to make this possible.

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