In Lebanon an ongoing garbage crisis has left streets overflowing with trash. The situation led to the eruption of mass protests in the summer 2015 which were organized by activist groups demanding the government find a solution.
The Lebanese Cabinet reportedly canceled plans to export the garbage to Russia, causing the waste crisis to return to its starting point. Above, trash lines a street in east Beirut.
Lebanese activists of the "You Stink" movement shout slogans against the government during a protest in front the Government Palace in Beirut.
The protesters were demanding a resolution to the garbage crisis, and not to increase taxes to cover the cost of waste deportation.
Local reports suggest the crisis is in large part due to graft between companies tasked with removing the garbage and the government.
Bulldozers clear garbage at a temporary dump piled up next to a highway bridge at the eastern entrance of Beirut.
Piles of packed garbage are stacked with nowhere to go, at the Beirut Port.
The Lebanese cabinet initially agreed to export the country's waste for $123 per ton hoping to end the crisis, which threatened the downfall of the government.