Environment Minister Fadi Jreissati highlighted Saturday the need to adopt "sorting from the source" as a means to solve the country's waste problem and safeguard the environment, deeming it "a national duty and not an option."
During his visit this morning to the Municipality of Ainab which has already taken on "sorting from the source" as a daily practice, Jreissati encouraged other municipalities to follow suit.
Jreissati had a lengthy discussion on the subject with Municipalities Union Head in Souq al-Gharb and al-Shahar region, Ghazi al-Chaar, alongside members of the Municipal Council, several environmental activists and 'Human Land" Association ladies.
"First of all, I would like to thank 'UN HABITAT' and this is the beginning of cooperation between us, a cooperation aimed at serving four municipalities on the issue of barrels and sorting from the source," said Jreissati.
"The UN chose these towns," he went on, adding, "Unfortunately, we cannot serve the entire Lebanese regions, so we selected some model villages to witness this distinction...And I want you to know that there is a huge responsibility pinned on these villages, for if the experiment fails in any chosen village, it would impact our whole course in this respect!"
"There is a decree on sorting that was passed and approved two weeks ago, within the plan endorsed by the state, and this is very essential because for the first time there is a decree and a legal framework for this issue...The subject of sorting from the source has become a national duty and no longer an option," he asserted.
"The Lebanese citizen must take note of this distinction and know why sorting from the source is so important. We must change our customs and traditions in order to get rid of the waste crisis in Lebanon," Jreissati underlined.
He commended the presence of women in the encounter at the Municipality, saying: "This is a very positive and helpful factor in sorting waste from the source."
Jreissati also applauded the Municipality of Ainab, the Human Land Association, and all contributors to "this distinguished initiative that made a difference."
"If we do not change our bad habits and decide that there is a quantity we can recycle...and if we do not proceed to sort from the source, we would be forced to lose more money and areas of land," cautioned the Environment Minister.
Source: National News Agency