Published : 12:36 pm  November 8, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (573) reads | 


The Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministry yesterday pledged their unconditional support to the private sector to recycle garbage. Issuing a statement, Secretary to the Ministry Kamal Padmasiri said the decision was taken in line with a discussion that took place between the National Solid Waste Management Support Centre and representatives from the Solid Waste Management Association. The statement mentions that the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) and the Solid Waste Management Association had decided to ink an agreement on recycling non-degradable waste, but Mr. Padmasiri had requested the Solid Waste Management Association to join the discussion as well. The secretary said everything needed for the programme would be provided by the ministry. The municipality was to be given a list of items that could be collected by the association as well as the support centre to be recycled, he added. He stated that the CMC was directed to keep litter-bins near flats in Colombo to collect segregated waste, and that the police officers would be on surveillance at all times to inspect whether the garbage was segregated properly. However, the ministry said the decision was taken following a number of complaints that the disposed garbage was not segregated in flats. Furthermore, several awareness programmes including street dramas are to be held targeting schools and the government sector on garbage segregation.