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Many people think Beirut's "garbage tree" is better off in the trash. 

Andrea Romano
December 15, 2017

The world has finally learned to embrace the ugly Christmas sweater, but the fight to accept the ugly Christmas tree is long from over.

While the people of Montreal welcome their city’s ugly tree with open arms every year, the people of Beirut, Lebanon were far from pleased with the Christmas tree that was standing in Rafic Hariri International Airport this season.

It wasn’t just ugly — it wasn’t really a tree. The structure was actually made of metal, fire extinguishers, life vests, and other recycled airplane parts.

The tree was actually commissioned as part of an environmental initiative from Middle East Airlines in order “to raise awareness about environmental protection and to prevent logging and awareness on the recycling process.” However, most people traveling through the airport couldn’t really get past the idea that they were looking at what was basically a Christmas tree made of garbage.

Many people let their very negative opinions about the tree be heard on social media. Some even said it gave off the smell of rotting garbage. Harsh.

After many complaints, the tree was removed from the airport.

Lebanon is actually famous for its beautiful, Christmas-ready cedar trees. However, the ancient trees are becoming more endangered as the years go by. In the last six years, more than 600,000 trees have been planted throughout the country as part of the Lebanon Reforestation Initiative (LRI), according to Al Bawaba.

As ugly as the “garbage tree” was, maybe it had a point after all.

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