Govt. allocates Rs.989 mn for sanitary landfill

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The Cabinet recently allocated Rs.989 million to set about a sanitary land fill and compost site in Gampaha. The project is to provide necessary infrastructure facilities to waste disposal projects which are being set up in the district. The cabinet paper further stated regulations and infrastructure for large scale waste disposal projects should be set up at a district level.   
The project comes in the wake of several agreements for waste disposal projects being signed by local government authorities and provincial authorities.   

Energy plants are to be constructed in Karadiyana, Muthurajawela and Gampaha for waste collected in the province. The plants will be connected to the national grid and supply at least 10 Mega watts of power each for at least 20 years, officials said.   
Agreements are also being drawn up to deliver collected garbage directly to the plants for the incineration. Plants are being constructed to dispose the waste collected in Colombo and other areas into the sanitary landfills.   

Meanwhile, cabinet also recently approved several measures proposed to prevent irregular disposal of waste in Colombo and suburbs and dengue prevention. The proposal sought to install CCTV cameras in public areas which had seen a surge in dumping of garbage.   
“There are 25 garbage mountains in the Western Province which will become a problem in the future. Therefore, we need to lay down a foundation to dispose of garbage now as the amount of garbage would only increase in the future,” Director of the Waste Management Authority Nalin Mannaperuma said.   

At least 6,000 metric tons of garbage were collected across the country each day, 3,500 metric tons of which is collected from the Western Province alone. The province held 33 percent of the population of the country and the high population leads to the large amount of garbage created.   

Mannaperuma stated the province was projected to generate an additional 1,000 metric tons of garbage in the near future, while the country is projected to generate 10,000 metric tons by 2030.