Garbage has been piled up in Saida streets again after operations in the waste sorting and treatment plant has been halted for three days. This crisis, which is accompanied with unpleasant odors, arise at a time residents are suffering from power and water cuts.
The fuel and diesel outages are not the sole reason behind halting operations in the waste sorting and treatment facility, but rather the malfunctions in the equipment and machines. The plant’s administration is unable to secure spare parts, oil and filters for the machines.
The sorting plant is no longer able to treat the accumulated waste piles, and even if it started operating soon it will only be able to treat a quarter of the quantity, as out of the three main machines functioning, only one is working and is also at risk of breaking down.
Sources told Sawt Beirut International (SBI) that Saida’s factory is almost bankrupt, and there are major administrative disputes after the resignation of the General Manager, Nabil Zantout, as well as the frequent strikes of workers demanding readjustment for their salaries.