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Sustainable New year! Lebanese town recycles 120,000 bottles to build Xmas tree

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A giant Christmas tree made up entirely of recycled plastic bottles was erected in Miziara, northern Lebanon, as seen on Sunday.
Given that the dire economic situation in the country has limited the budget for the construction of a massive tree in the Lebanese town, creativity has taken over and a local association and students of a local school used more than 100.000 bottles collected during the year to build the 13-metre tall attraction.
“The iron fence was put in and we tied all the plastic bottles to the fence, in the high places we had to bring a crane in order to be able to put the plastic bottles at the top of the tree,” said Antonio Chedyak, one of the people responsible for assembling the tree.
“It is certain that after dismantling the tree we will send it to factories for recycling and it will not be thrown in the street again,” he added.
Rafka Faddoul, a student that also helped in building the local attraction, said, “Even though we were tired a lot and injured our hands and fell a lot of times, we seriously had a very beautiful time, and we can say that we lived a wonderful Christmas time in every sense of the word.”

SOT, Antonio Chedyak, Participant in shaping the plastic tree (Arabic): “I loved coming to help with the idea of the tree, which was inspired by [artist and environment activist] Caroline Chaptini, and as you can see the result is amazing. All ideas were inspired by Caroline, and we also thank the municipality of Miziara for giving us the iron fence that gives the shape of the tree. Caroline presented the idea to them and they gave her the iron model of the tree’s shape.”

SOT, Antonio Chedyak, Participant in shaping the plastic tree (Arabic): “The number of plastic containers [that make up the tree] is about 100,000, as you can see, the iron fence was put in and we tied all the plastic containers to the fence, in the high places we had to bring a crane in order to be able to put the plastic containers at the top of the tree, as you know this work requires men to do, but Caroline insisted on participating in all the work, she was here every second.”

SOT, Antonio Chedyak, Participant in shaping the plastic tree (Arabic): “Of course, these plastic bottles that you see could have been seen thrown in the street, which is something that usually happens, instead of being thrown in the street, we collected them and used them to form something very beautiful. it is certain that after dismantling the tree we will send it to factories for recycling and it will not be thrown in the street again.”

SOT, Donna Marianne Dayra, Student (Arabic): “First, I am a student in the MBA School of ‘Assumption Lady.’ We used to recycle plastic bottles regularly, and we found that the amount of plastic bottles is very large, so we decided to change the annual routine of the green tree, forming a plastic tree instead, as a kind of change. Every year the same tree was being placed In the village, we agreed with the municipality and formed a unique tree. In the end, this plastic can be sold and the money we earn will be given to the “Children First” Association for the treatment of cancer. For these reasons, I participated in all the steps of forming the tree, and the experience was absolutely wonderful.”

SOT, Rafka Faddoul, Student (Arabic): “Even though we were tired a lot and injured our hands and fell a lot of times, we seriously had a very beautiful time, and we can say that we lived a wonderful Christmas time in every sense of the word.”

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