Country Report: Lebanon (2011)

Country Report: Lebanon (2011)
Thursday, July 1, 2010
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Lebanon has a population of 4.5 million people in 2009 that produces 1,570,000 tons of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) per year. It is considered that the MSW generation per capita varies from around 0.7 Kg/p/d in rural areas to around 0.85 to 1.1 Kg/p/d in urban areas, with a national weighted average estimated at around 0.95 Kg/p/d. The foreseen increase in waste generation is estimated at an average of 1.65% across the country; this growth is however highly unevenly distributed. Almost all of the MSW generated in Lebanon is collected by public or private haulers (99% in rural areas, 100% in urban); however, management varies from one area to another: 8% is recycled, 9 % is composted (several treatment plants already constructed will be put in operation soon, hence increasing percentage), 53% is landfilled and 30% is disposed of in open dumps.

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