Recycling Policies from the Bottom Up: Waste Work in Lebanon

Elizabeth Saleh
Content Type
Working Paper
Arab Reform Initiative (ARI)
Discussions on waste policy in Lebanon tend to focus on the country’s corrupt practices and the health and environmental impact of bad waste management. This paper examines an overlooked aspect: the story of waste pickers — many of whom are economic or forced migrants — who are essential to Lebanon’s garbage management. Through an ethnographic study of a group of underage waste pickers, it argues that it is time for policy debates on garbage in Lebanon to integrate the perspective of waste workers.
Climate Change, Environment, Labor Issues, Recycling, Garbage
Political Geography
Middle East, Lebanon