‘Colombo needs at least three landfills to overcome garbage problem’ | Daily News

‘Colombo needs at least three landfills to overcome garbage problem’

The Colombo District needs at least three landfills each with a capacity of 2,000 tons per day to manage the garbage problem, Western Development and Megapolis Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.

The minister, observing that sanitary landfills are the best cost-effective and scientific solution to the garbage issue, said Gampaha needs at least two landfills each with a capacity of 1,500 tons per day and Kalutara needs at least one with a capacity of 1,000 tons per day.

“Likewise, all main cities such as Galle, Matara, Kandy, Kurunegala etc need scientifically designed sanitarylandfills” he added. The minister also suggested introducing the ‘polluter pays principle’ with regard to the garbage being collected.

“Any scientific disposal method like incineration or waste to energy project needs Rs 7-10 per kilogram for treatment.

People must be prepared to pay. Generally it is said that one individual generates about one kilogram of garbage daily. If we charge Rs 10 per kilogram, it would be Rs 40 for a family of four,” the Minister said.

The minister also said all scientists who studied and inspected the Meethotamulla dump site warned of a possible collapse.

“The CMC was dumping garbage at this yard since 2009. The dumping yard which was two acres has now stretched to 21 acres. The highest point of the garbage mound is 48.5 metres. All scientists who studied and inspected the dump site warned of a possible collapse after it exceeded the height of 30 metres. The UDA repeatedly wrote to the CMC asking to stop dumping garbage at that site, but the CMC was unable to find alternative land in the face of stiff opposition of the people,” he added. 

 


 

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Unable to find an alternative .says the Minister .The CMC was unable to find an alternative since 2009 .. and this is 2017 almost 8years .How many housing projects , Hotels and other Mega schemes have been authorized by the leadership of the Ministers and CMC in the past 8 years to make Colombo a developing vibrant city ? did they stop to think its people who will be using the premises and every moment a person is a user that would fill a litter bin with waste .Each building under construction would have disposable package of wrappings of toxic waste ..Well our Civic minded leadership is caught napping or Like Rip Van Winkle in deep sleep or indifference or what ? Poor show of the leadership that travels around trying to impress the world of our nice clean country .Nay our God given isle is idyllic till the fast forward Ogre entered with one track mind wearing blinkers not to see the fragile environment .OH WHAT A DISCOVERY colombo needs 3 land fills for garbage ..too late for 30 people lost to their families ,and where would we find these land fills in our small isle sans settlements and animal life ..why cant we balance the needs of the people with the resources in the country ?

Without getting in to petty politics, please implement sanitary garbage storage at Puttlam as planned by the previous government.

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