A sanitary waste dump is to be constructed in Muthurajawela in 40 days to manage the waste generated in the Colombo Municipal Council area.
Cabinet this week granted approval to build the above waste dump to accommodate 400MT of waste per day.
A committee comprised of officials from the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment and Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development was appointed to work on the garbage issue soon after the Meethotamulla disaster and recommended the above measure. The committee had thereafter reviewed a proposal put forward by the Waste Management Research Unit of the University of Peradeniya.
While approximately 750 MT of waster is collected from Colombo daily, the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government had pointed out that through recycling and composting, the waste amount could be brought down to 400 MT and thus the dump site would be able to accommodate the waste in five acres of land.
The courts had earlier allowed garbage from Colombo to temporarily be dumped in the dumpsites of Karadiyana and Dompe but continuous protests from residents of these areas have made it urgent that the government find alternative dump sites to dispose Colombo’s garbage.
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Source URL: The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd.