Sanitation workers have begun removing mountains of trash from the suburbs of Beirut in what residents hope marks the end of Lebanon's eight-month garbage crisis.

Early Saturday, dozens of trucks started carrying trash to the Naameh landfill just south of the capital, one of three landfills opened as part of a temporary solution announced by the government a week ago.

The government says Naameh, the country's main landfill, will be open for just two months.

The crisis began in July, when the Naameh landfill was scheduled to close with no realistic alternatives.

Naameh area residents then said the dump was over capacity and began blocking the roads to prevent garbage trucks from reaching it.