Lack of recycling facilities compound garbage woes: Chilaw UC officer

Published : 9:33 am  August 22, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (266) reads | 

By Jude Samantha   

Administrative Officer of the Chilaw Urban Council Ms. N.A. Kanthilanka said despite some 18 tons of garbage being collected from the Chilaw town daily, there was no proper facility to recycle garbage. 


This issue came to light when relevant authorities raised concerns over garbage disposal in Chilaw.   


Responding to such queries, Ms. Kanthilanka said business establishments in Chilaw released at least two tons of garbage daily. 
“While boarding houses, government and private offices released 0.5 tons of garbage daily, state and private hospitals released 1.5 tons and trade complexes 

 

Although the authorities have requested the government for a five-acre block of land, it has not been approved yet

 

one ton of garbage a day.  The collection is then dumped in two lands in Munneswaram and near the beach. These get collected without any recycling. 


“Although the authorities have requested the government for a five-acre block of land in Arachchikattuwa or Rajakadaluwa, it has not been approved yet. However, a sum of Rs. 500 million has been allocated to put up a garbage recycling plant in the selected compound,” she said.