Itani speaks during the debate at Alexander Hotel in Ashrafieh, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The location of a waste incinerator set to be built in Beirut has not been determined, nor has the cost the city will bear to operate it for 25 years, Beirut Mayor Jamal Itani revealed Thursday.The plant will have the initial capacity to process 850 tons of waste per day, which will have to increase to 1,500 tons by the end of its contract 25 years after it is signed, Itani said.In 25-30 years, Beirut is expected to produce 1,500 tons a day, which the plant will be required to accommodate.According to Itani, of the 750-800 tons of waste Beirut currently produces daily, 200 tons are taken to the Burj Hammoud landfill, 200 to Costa Brava and another 200 to Sidon.The mayor said the project aims to separate 5 percent of recyclables at the source and another 10 to 15 percent at the plant, where it is re-sorted, before the waste proceeds to be treated before combustion.
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