By Sami Zaptia.
London, 19 May 2021:
The state General Services Company announced today that it has so far transferred 13,800 truckloads of rubbish from the temporary Bu Sleem (Tripoli) landfill to the permanent out-of-town site.
However, the General Services Company reports that this number of trucks represents only about 30 percent of the volume of rubbish that needs to be transferred. This means they expect to transfer a total of about 46,000 truckloads before they empty the site.
It will be recalled that the Bu Sleem landfill site was used as a temporary site during the war on Tripoli (between 4 April 2019 and 6 June 2020) as the permanent site in Sidi Sayeh (30 km south of Tripoli) was in a war zone and later in the area under the control of Khalifa Hafter’s forces.
The temporary Bu Sleem landfill site is located in the middle of a residential area in the Bu Sleem Municipality. It is a clear health hazard with smoke from burning waste, dust and the foul smell an unacceptable environmental hazard.
The issue of the Bu Sleem landfill is a clear case for the implementation of waste recycling in Libya.