First Meeting of the AUB Solid Waste Management Task Force
• August 6, 2015: workshop targeting municipality representatives to evaluate their knowledge in regard to sustainable waste management and which revealed them to be lacking in resources and preparedness and in need of further guidance. • September 15, 2015: press release giving an overview of the compiled plan or “Roadmap” to efficient and sustainable waste management in rural areas.• October 17, 2015: closed preliminary conference to share the Roadmap and document individual questions and concerns of attending municipality representatives.• October 22, 2015: meeting between three Task Force members and Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Akram Chehayeb, to exchange plans and strategies. Both Parties agreed to collaborate on technically advising rural municipalities.• October 29, 2015: workshop to officially launch the Solid Waste Management Roadmap that included recommendations addressing the issues raised onOctober 17.• October 6, 2016: release of the arabic version of the Guide to Municipal Solid Waste Managementin collaboration with Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI)
First workshop held by the Task Force
The adopted strategy was that of the 5Rs+L (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot/Compost, Recover, and Landfill as a last resort).
Version of the Roadmap that was featured in the Guide to Municipal Waste Management published in Janualry 2016
One of the Task Force’s final duties was to compile the content of the workshops into an accessible and detailed manual that will hopefully encourage municipalities to cooperate in order to facilitate the financial and logistic facets of the Roadmap. Its main objectives are to:• Introduce, elucidate, and highlight the importance of integrated solid waste management.• Give a brief overview of the current waste situation in Lebanon.• Present the characteristics and requirements of the available waste management options.• Introduce the suggested Roadmap, along with a few examples of its application.• Address the issues raised on October 17.
The manual was officially launched under the name of Guide to Municipal Solid Waste Management, during a conference that was held on January 28, 2016, and which also discussed the alarming findings of an air quality study conducted by the Air Quality Research Unit at AUB, supported by the National Centre for Scientific Research and led by Dr. Najat A. Saliba, Professor of Chemistry and Director of NCC.
Q&A Panel consisting of Secretary General of the CNRS, Dr. Mouin Hamze; AUB President, Dr. Fadlo Khuri; Associate Professor of Environmental Health at AUB, Dr. May Massoud; and AUB EHSRM Director, Mr. Farouk Merhebi (left to right), during the conference on January 28, 2016.
It is important to note that although much of the information presented in the manual can be generalized, it mainly targets rural areas, rather than densely populated cities such as Beirut or Sidon, which produce far more waste and hence require different practices. Ultimately, the goal of the manual is to document the work of the AUB Waste Management Task Force in order to allow all concerned parties to make informed decisions regarding their waste management strategies. It may also serve as an informational tool for those who need it.
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