Attidiya garbage issue resolved: Commissioner

Published : 8:12 am  April 21, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (259) reads | 

By Thilanka Kanakarathna  
The load of garbage that wasn’t unloaded in Karadiyana on Wednesday due to a tense situation that erupted in the area, was successfully unloaded yesterday at the same place following discussions with the authorities and relevant factions, Dehiwela Municipal Commissioner Dhammika Muthugala said. 

When the Daily Mirror inquired on the garbage collection and dumping status in the Attidiya and surrounding areas, the Commissioner said some garbage trucks had returned after they failed to enter the Karadiyana dumping yard, and attempted to park the vehicles in Attidiya.  

He said Karadiyana was the main dumping yard which is under the Western Province Solid Waste Management where the Municipality sends the collected garbage.  

“This was not the first occasion that we dump Dehiwela-Mount Lavinia garbage to Karadiyana. We dump around 200-225 tonnes of garbage every day. We pay Rs 250 for a tonne of  biodegradable garbage and Rs 1,000 for non biodegradable garbage, ” he said.  
He further said the Dehiwala – Mount Lavinia Municipality encouraged the residents of the area to segregate the garbage and by doing so the municipality had been able to segregate 60 per cent of the garbage collected from houses.   

The Commissioner also said the residents who obstructed the garbage trucks were not aware of the Karadiyana dumping site but had realised it later.