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Thursday 26 March 2020 (Open to all)

Postponed till after the Corona Crisis . . . .

How Far are we from Zero Waste in Lebanon?
Speaker:     Ziad Abi Chaker
Language:  English (assisted by some Arabic)
Time:          Doors open at 6:30 pm and talk starts at 7:00 pm sharp. End time around 8:15.

Location:    Meeting House - Brummana High School
                  (Easily accessible from the Roumieh exit of the Metn Autostrade)
                   Click Here for the Google Pin

Parking      At that time, parking would be possible outside the School
Entry          Complimentary --- Bring your friends

The Talk:
Lebanon is undergoing an unprecedented garbage crisis. Citizens are literally surrounded by garbage. Options are heading towards incineration, which in itself is a tragedy. We need to be aware that today, Lebanon has the industrial capacity to recycle 100% of its domestic garbage and to become a zero waste country. By recycling, we preserve our nature and expand our country’s industrial potential.
Through documentaries and a debate, Ziad will demonstrate proof confirming that we are technically capable of transforming our crisis into opportunities.

Here is a trailer about Zero Waste: Click Here.

Ziad Abichaker. CEO Cedar Environmental - Lebanon: Environmental Engineer – Industrial Engineer – Master Garbage Man

The Garbage King of Beirut

Ziad is a multi-disciplinary engineer who specializes in building Municipal Recycling Facilities on the communal level going against the trend of a central Mega recycling Plant. While doing research at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA his team developed a technology to accelerate the composting cycle of organic waste in an odorless manner to produce high grade fertilizer.

After returning to Lebanon in 1996, Ziad started Cedar Environmental, an environmental & industrial engineering organization that aims to build recycling plants to produce organically certified fertilizers and leave no waste material to be disposed of, but instead recycled into a new form of product to be used again and again.
Most municipalities in Lebanon and the middle east cannot afford to buy recycling plants, so Ziad worked out a three way contract where local banks give his company soft loans to build the recycling facilities and municipalities pay only for the service of recycling/composting in comfortable monthly installments not exceeding 7 US Dollars per household per month.

Recently, Ziad and his engineering team, after four years of research, developed a new technology which transforms plastic bags into solid plastic panels, dubbed ECO-BOARD, used in the outdoors to replace wooden and steel panels.  They have won the 2013 International Energy Globe Award for this revolutionary process. Currently, they are transforming that technology from using fossil fuels to generate the required energy to biomass a renewable energy source.

He is the recipient of an American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) design award in 1993 for his design linking municipal waste management to agriculture. In 2001, he received the Ford Motor Company Environmental & Conservation award for the Middle East. In 2011, he was named Arab World Social Innovator by Synergos institute in New York City, USA.

In February 2014, he was awarded by the World CSR Congress the Green Future Leadership Award.

In April 2014, he was named to the fourth annual GOOD 100 list of global citizens and creative changemakers by GOOD Magazine, a US based publication.

In June 2003, he was awarded the certificate of appreciation and recognition by the Syrian Government for his overall plan to make Syrian Food industries compliant with Clean Production Protocols. He expanded his study to be implemented all over the Middle-East and North Africa region and received the certificate of recognition of the Arab League in April 2006. His work in the advancement of the Zero Waste Societies earned him a speaking slot at the TEDx Beirut conference in September 2011. He has made numerous TV appearances for his innovative social work promoting environmental protection and green jobs creation. He holds a patent in a technology to compost organic materials dynamically with no pollution and has written extensively on environmental policies, issues and future trends.

In 2016, he co-produced a documentary about the waste crisis entitled:  A Zero Waste Lebanon showcasing how Lebanon can solve “intelligently” the waste crisis while creating jobs and economic benefits.

In 2018, he produced a documentary about the workings of waste incinerators entitled: An Incinerator for Beirut?
Ziad also worked on using recycled materials to create rooftop farms in cities, entitled Beirut Planting Roofs.

Ziad lives & works in Beirut – Lebanon.
Twitter: @Ziad_AC

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