Who Are These Companies?
Below we list just a small selection of the organizations that are currently doing incredibly inspiring work to keep Lebanon green, and whom you can contact to recycle, compost and/or get involved in initiatives. These organizations are amongst the country’s most widely used – some offer country-wide collection or drop off:
A pioneering non-profit NGO, which supports Lebanon’s most underprivileged and marginalized communities, regardless of religion, political affiliation or nationality. Their Sustainable Environment program conducts awareness and training sessions on environmental responsibility, runs 3 secondary waste sorting centers in Baabda, Taanayel and Damour, and treats hazardous hospital waste. People can drop off their recyclables at any Arcenciel branch (Jisr El Basha Sin El Fil, or Jisr El Wateh) and also directly at the sorting stations of Baabda, Taanayel and Damour. In 2016, Arcenciel recycled more than 1622 tons of waste. Arcenciel has also developed a guide for waste management for municipalities, and is still collecting recyclables from various enterprises, municipalities, schools and universities.
An NGO who’s main objective is spreading environmental awareness concerning the dangers of improper disposal of batteries, electrical waste and electronic waste. You can drop your old electronic waste (old batteries, computers, sound systems, wiring etc), at a number of collection points throughout the country where they can then be recycled. You can find your closest location on our map. For more information on what can be recycled, please check out their website.
This organization works in conjunction with Bikfaya municipality on educating, collecting and sorting recyclable waste. One of the early pioneers in the implementation of sorting at source, they now train other municipalities. They collect recyclables from homes and businesses in the local area.
CHREEK initiates environmental projects to create job opportunities for former drug abusers, former prisoners, and unskilled women. They have collaborated with several Municipalities to create waste management plans to turn the garbage crisis into an opportunity of environmental investment, thereby creating jobs. They have developed a new biogas system which can solve the organic waste problem and turn it to energy. They have also launched a yearly campaign to plant trees in the most environmentally damaged areas, such as Mayrouba.
This amazing organisation seeks to close the loop between food production and food waste, by composting organics into fertilizer, providing food access to the hungry by donating leftover meals, increasing recycling rates, and creating employment opportunities. F.E.R.N designs, implements, and oversees materials composting and recycling projects for food establishments, diverting waste from landfills by providing an environmentally responsible waste transport and treatment option where one does not currently exist. Many successful restaurants are using their services, if you are involved in any sort of food business, you should be too.
L’Ecoute is an NGO, first established in 1990 with a group of volunteers attending to the needs of the disabled. Today, L’Ecoute works hand in hand with and for the disabled (deaf, blind, or with reduced mobility), helping to foster their integration into society on many different levels. One of their many programs focuses on recycling, collecting household and industrial waste, sorting it, and routing it to recycling centers. They are able to collect nation-wide.
Recycle Beirut is a social business located in Beirut, working to clean up the environment and provide a living wage to their employees, who are primarily refugees from the war in Syria and desperate to provide for their families. Recycle Beirut can collect your recyclables for a small monthly fee, or alternatively your waste can be dropped at their sorting facility.
Founded in 1995, T.E.R.R.E. Liban is an NGO dedicated to the creation and implementation of environmental education within Lebanon. They have been a leader in the promotion of environmental solutions for sustainable development. They aim to preserve Lebanon’s natural heritage and precious environmental biodiversity, while changing behaviours and habits through environmental education. They collect recyclables and have drop off locations.