Lebanon’s ongoing waste management crisis poses serious health risks for the country’s residents.
Despite protests calling for an end to the garbage crisis, more than 150 dumps across Lebanon are openly burning trash at least once a week. Older people and children are most at risk. Doctors say the burning leads to respiratory illnesses and could increase the risk of developing cancer as a result of sustained inhalation of smoke. The government of Lebanon can and should stop the burning and manage the waste in a way that respects health and meets environmental standards.
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Lives At Risk: Open Burning of Waste in Lebanon
Where Garbage is being Burned
Dumps where garbage is being burned in Lebanon or located disproportionately in poorer areas of the country.