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Constanze Flamme

Lebanon’s Latest Waste Crisis

Lebanon’s Khalil Gibran wrote: “In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.” What will be found today in a drop of water in Lebanon is likely toxic: a threat to the health of its citizens, marine life and the Mediterranean Sea.

Trucks dump earth and trash into the sea as part of the land reclamation process at the Bourj Hammond landfill in Beirut.
Trash from Beirut's landfills is being dumped into the sea, ending up on beaches and in fishermen's nets.
Interview with Constanze Flamme

Trash dumps around Beirut are leaching toxic chemicals and dumping refuse straight into the sea, killing marine life and contaminating beaches. Photographer Constanze Flamme captured the scale of the environmental disaster.

Lebanon’s Waste Crisis
Lebanon likes to advertise its Mediterranean lifestyle to lure in tourists, but the reality is that trash dumps around Beirut are leaching toxic chemicals and dumping refuse straight into the sea, killing marine life and contaminating beaches.
A fisherman in Beirut watches as dumped waste floats past his line.