Thousands of packed garbage bags in Jdeideh, a northern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Feb. 23, 2016. The country has struggled to resolve its trash crisis since last summer.
Hasan Shaaban—Reuters
By Sarah Begley
February 24, 2016

Piles of garbage bags are piling up on streets of suburban Beirut, resembling a river of trash that is not going away anytime soon.

The city’s garbage crisis has been building since July, when its main landfill was closed, CNN reports. Trash began to accumulate in a yard in Jdeideh several months ago, and has since spilled over, snaking through the streets for hundreds of meters.

A plan to export the trash to Russia recently fell through, and no concrete solution has yet been settled on for the stinky dilemma, which poses a health risk to Lebanon’s residents.

[CNN]

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