Hariri launches project to sort paper at the source

Prime Minister Saad Hariri launched today at the Grand Serail a project called Beirut Paper, which aims at sorting paper and cardboard at the source in the buildings of public administrations and institutions in the capital. The ceremony was attended b...

Prime Minister Saad Hariri launched today at the Grand Serail a project called Beirut Paper, which aims at sorting paper and cardboard at the source in the buildings of public administrations and institutions in the capital.

The ceremony was attended by the director of the United Nations Development Program in Lebanon, Celine Moyroud, Beirut mayor Ziad Chebib, the president of Beirut Municipality Council, Jamal Itani, the vice president of the Industrialists Association George Nasraoui and the Goodwill ambassadors of the UNDP "Live Lebanon project" Ghaleb Farha and Farid Chedid.

The project is implemented by the Municipality of Beirut in cooperation with UNDP and funded by the Municipality and Goodwill Ambassadors Chedid and Farha. It aims to increase the sorting of paper and cardboard at the source in order to recycle them rather than throw them in landfills.

The first phase of this project covers all public buildings in Beirut. It includes an awareness campaign, the installation of containers for sorting and storage, and an application that regulates storage, collection and transport to recycling plants.

The total amount of waste paper and cardboard produced by the city of Beirut every day is about 100 tons. More than 75 percent goes to the central sorting plant, where it is mixed with the rest of the waste, which makes it difficult to sort it and recycle it. Hence, the Municipality of Beirut seeks through this project to raise the level of sorting at the source of recyclable waste.

Ms Moyroud said that "This project is a stepping stone towards broader sustainable goals related to climate work and is one of the main priorities of UNDP. The Beirut Paper Initiative is unique as an awareness campaign, but also as a successful solution to improve the management of paper and cardboard waste. The project will strengthen cooperation with local paper recycling facilities, such as the Lebanese Industrialists Association to make the process as easy and effective as possible. Local and specific initiatives such as Beirut Paper pave the way for improved waste recycling and management across the country and contribute to meeting broader environmental standards and objectives".

Hariri said: "Sorting at the source is not only the slogan of this project, it is evidence that the government and municipality are committed to sorting at the source and recycling. We are committed to integrated waste management, which should enhance the role of decentralization of municipalities. We hope that the Parliament will approve the law put 6 years ago, to manage solid household waste. Sorting at the source is the responsibility of every public worker.

We issued a circular to the concerned institutions and administrations to ensure the implementation of this process, which started through the Municipality of Beirut in cooperation with the UNDP, and we want to expand it to include all public facilities and buildings in Lebanon. The goal of the project is to sort and recycle paper because the recycling industry in Lebanon is a promising industry, and there is demand for paper and cardboard waste.I would like to encourage the private sector to invest in the recycling industry, especially colored glass and plastic, because the plants need these materials in the process of recycling.

I would like to conclude with some figures: Every ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees, 27.2 kg of air emissions, 2.45 cubic meters of landfills, 4100 kilowatts of electricity and 91 cubic meters of water. If we see all these figures and do not learn, we will be unaware of what we are doing. We must encourage all these industries. We, as a government, are also willing to give more. We tell those working in this field to be encouraged in their work and I am on their side. We must work together and I consider myself a friend of you and the environment."

At the end of the ceremony, Hariri signed the circular requesting all employees in the administrative area of Beirut to comply with the project.

Source: National News Agency