Trash pollutes Lebanon's Mediterranean coastline In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 photo, a TV screen floats next to rocky coastal area in the Mediterranean Sea on the Beirut coastline, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Trash pollutes Lebanon's Mediterranean coastline
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Plastic bottles and soft drink cans. Blue garbage bags. An old television and discarded vegetables. And coffee cups. These are some of the random things that can be seen floating in the sea along Lebanon's coastline.

The country's Mediterranean coastline has become a source of shame. For many Lebanese, that is due to the swirling trash. It pollutes its shores. The coastline was once a source of pride.

Ahmad Obeitri is a fisherman. For the past 30 years, he has been a fixture at Lebanon's corniche. It is popular seaside promenade in central Beirut. He says the trash is killing off what's left of marine life.

"These days if a fish comes our way it will only find nylon bags, garbage and sewage to feed on." he said. He laments the people who eat and drink as they walk on the corniche. He sees them toss their cans, tins and other containers. They toss them into the sea.

"You can open a cafe under water and invite your friends," he added sarcastically.

Littering is not Lebanon's only problem. The country has a long-running solid waste management problem. It caused summer riots in 2015 as trash piled in the streets. The government solved the problem. They simply shifted the trash to landfills and coastal dumps. These often run into the Mediterranean.

Environmentalists say thousands of tons of trash and untreated waste is getting dumped directly into the sea.

Abdullah Absi is a 56-year-old civil engineer and swimmer. He said the open sewage running into the sea is his biggest problem.

There is a group of 50 swimmers, including Absi. They recently organized a 4.6-kilometer swim to highlight the problem. They also promoted the idea that the sea is for all.

"We see the violations are increasing and there is no deterrent," he said.

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COMMENTS (32)
  • Alyssa-E2
    12/10/2018 - 11:52 a.m.

    I love at the beginning how they labeled a list of items randomly found in the water and showed the amazingly cool picture. It explains that it used to be beautiful and now it is like junk yard, but, more to do with swirling, and pollution. the bad thing is that it is killing most of the marine life that is still there. they made this article so fun so now I want to help make it clean by taking out all the trash.

  • Sarah-E2
    12/10/2018 - 04:18 p.m.

    Trash pollutes Lebanon's Mediteranian

    I thought that this article was very interesting. This article was about lots of trash in the Mediteranian and different was to solve it. I think that we should make more ways to clear up trash. I think that we should keep improving tecnology.

  • BenC-E2
    12/13/2018 - 10:08 a.m.

    The coastline is now filled with trash ! It once was a source of pride. Now it is a source of shame. I do agree shame on them and they say we paloot

  • rwils-wim4
    12/13/2018 - 11:04 a.m.

    Abdullah Absi and his friends can raise awareness by making posters, protest, or even making billboards to raise awareness so that they can stop this problem

  • rwils-wim4
    12/13/2018 - 11:09 a.m.

    Abdullah Absi and his his friends can raise awareness by making posters or billboards. And organize protest so their voices can be heard. Posters raise awareness and make people notice the situation at hands.

  • ahill-wim5
    12/13/2018 - 12:42 p.m.

    Abdullah Asbi and his group of swimmers can raise awareness of the pollution problem by creating posters, raise money, and even protest. This way, they can raise awareness and get the word out to stop polluting the Lebanon's coastline.

  • mthor-wim5
    12/13/2018 - 12:47 p.m.

    The problem in the Mediterranean sea could really cause a long term problem from the animals and the ocean its self. The one sewage pipe that is the main problem for the pollution in the sea. I think that they should rethink where that pipe is going. If that is the main problem then why is it still flowing into the ocean when u see more pollution then u see fish? I Think they could raise the awareness by reaching out to a big source or even posting on social media just to get the word out. By sharing the problem with people that are part of this and even people who are not, they could make a difference.

  • jhami-wim5
    12/13/2018 - 12:54 p.m.

    they can go to the government and tell them to have a recycling system instead of throwing it in the ocean and landfill. With things that cant be recycled they can reuse the items like a TV for example you could use the battery or something and use it for another thing. another thing is put up flyers around the city to tell people how there are populating the ocean and prevent fish and other sea animals from dying and how to help.

  • jzirk-wim5
    12/13/2018 - 12:58 p.m.

    Abdullah Absi and his group of swimmers could raise awareness to the pollution problem by contacting other countries in relation with the Mediterranean Sea.Possibly, the other countries could make their voice heard in the pollution problem. If major countries can take action in this problem, possibly the government will take bigger actions if other countries put their hands down.

  • ZaineI-dec
    12/17/2018 - 09:40 a.m.

    `This article is very informational. It teaches people not to throw stuff in the ocean.

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