The Burj Hammoud landfill in Beirut, May 16, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)
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The Burj Hammoud landfill will reach capacity by the end of next month, Human Rights Watch warned Tuesday, calling on the government to focus on reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills instead of expanding existing sites.The statement came in response to the Environment Ministry's submission, on June 3, to Prime Minister Saad Hariri of a road map that controversially advocated expanding the near-capacity landfill in Burj Hammoud.HRW singled out for criticism the fact that the Environment Ministry had failed to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment on the landfill's expansion.In the statement, HRW called for the road map to be discussed in a ministerial committee for consideration with experts and for a public consultation before being finalized and submitted to Cabinet.
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