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Grain from Lebanon Port Blast to Become Compost

France's Recygroup will funnel $1.5M into converting the wheat

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A French firm aims to turn tonnes of rotting grain at Beirut's devastated port into compost, the company said Tuesday, nearly a year after Lebanon's worst peacetime disaster ravaged its silos.

According to France 24, the detonation of a huge stockpile of fertilizer at the port last August 4 killed more than 200 people and wrecked huge swathes of the capital.

Today, large mounds of rotting grain emit an overwhelming stench, not far from the wrecks of two boats sunk in the explosion.

France's Recygroup, in partnership with Lebanese firm Mondis, will funnel $1.5 million into converting the wheat to a new use, for agriculture.

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