Suez Environnment Brought in to Stop Lebanon Landfill Polluting the Med

In Lebanon, Suez Environnment is to help rehabilitate the huge Siada dumpsite which is threatening the Mediterranean sea, in partnership with contracting company, Al-Jihad for Commerce and Contracting.

In Lebanon, Suez Environnment (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) has joined forces with contracting company, Al-Jihad for Commerce and Contracting (JCC) to shape the country’s future resource recovery and rehabilitate the huge Siada dumpsite which is threatening the Mediterranean sea.

Under the partnership a new sanitary landfill will be located alongside the existing Saida dump site, which will be restored for use as a public park with recreation space and a public theatre.

Located on the Mediterranean coast, just 1 km from the historical city, the Saida dump site is said to contain some 4 million cubic metres of waste and poses a significant risk of water pollution, with no barrier to contain the waste and prevent it from entering the sea.

As part of the remediation project, much of the waste currently dumped at the site will be excavated and sorted in an on-site processing plant based on its fraction size and density.

According to the United Nations Development Programme, the Saida dump site, managed by the Municipality of Saida, was originally established in 1982 to receive rubble and demolition waste from destroyed buildings, but has since received all kinds of waste.

The Lebanese Government has requested that $25 million dollar rehabilitation contract be managed by the United Nations Development Programme.

Suez Environnment said that it will make the services of a number of its business units available to the project, including:

SITA, which has expertise in soil remediation and aeration operations, together with BU SITA CZ SAFEGE, with its sustainable engineering solutions and programme management CIRSEE, Suez Environnment’s  main centre for research and development with more than 120 researchers NOSE, which offers a range of tools and services to address the odour issues Suez Environnment added that the work is expected to be completed by end of 2015.

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