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 (33)
  • SummerS-dec
    12/29/2018 - 08:02 p.m.

    I don't think people care anymore. If the whole world explodes because there is too much trash, it won't be my problem. It will be the rich people's fault. Rich people throw more things away than poor people like me.

  • MorgynB-dec
    1/02/2019 - 11:20 a.m.

    Abdullah and his group can raise awareness of this problem is by creating posters, make a website, protest. We should also already know about this problem ourselves and try not to pollute that ocean.

  • HayleeA-dec
    1/02/2019 - 01:10 p.m.

    I think that it’s a good idea that they have 59 swimmers going out to take the trash out of the coastline because the aluminum,glass,and plastic can harm the animals and even worst kill them and that’s a horrible thing!

  • AlyssaF-dec
    1/07/2019 - 10:25 a.m.

    I don’t even know why people throw thier trash in the sea! It’s gross and animals live in there. We wouldn’t like it if litter was all around us. This problem happens more than just a here to we need to stop it.

  • Emmah-eic
    1/08/2019 - 10:23 a.m.

    I thought that this article was very interesting. his article is very informational. It teaches people not to throw stuff in the ocean.I love animals and that is just sad that they could get injured from the trash.

  • Jeremiaht-eic
    1/08/2019 - 10:36 a.m.

    this article really opened my eyes to how lazy people are and how polluted waters can get.

  • Haydenb-eic1
    1/08/2019 - 10:44 a.m.

    So I think is bad and I do not know why people do this.And you are killing things in the sea. This is so bad stop doing this.

  • Mckenziel-eic
    1/08/2019 - 11:13 a.m.

    They could have fundraisers or just simply put an ad or something about it somewhere a lot of people will see it.

  • Cynleyw-eic
    1/08/2019 - 01:23 p.m.

    It is not good for the environment to litter

  • JulianS-5
    1/08/2019 - 02:41 p.m.

    Lebanon's Mediterranean coastline

    The article "Trash pollutes Lebanon's Mediterranean coastline" was about trash that pollutes Lebanon and other marine life that lives in the water. People throw their trash like tins and containers in the water while they walk past the corniche. According to Ahmad Obeitri, he said, "These days if a fish comes our way it will only find nylon bags, garbage and sewage to feed on". This proves that they need to clean out the trash in the sea so the fish and other marine life. Lebanon is not the only place were there is tons trash, too!





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