Haphazard dumping of garbage irks Wattala residents

Published : 12:01 am  May 5, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (243) reads | 

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By Sarath Chinthaka   

Residents have been severely inconvenienced by the foul stench of garbage dumped along the wayside because both the Wattala-Mabole Urban Council and the Wattala Pradeshiya Sabha have failed to adopt a strategy to dispose garbage. 


As garbage is not collected from households as before, residents are forced to pack them in polythene or used fertilizer bags and dump them by the roadside. 


Residents along Alwis Town continue to hang garbage on the boundary walls facing the road and the labourers entrusted with removing waste do not perform their duties on a regular basis but idle within the former Hendala sub office of the council. 


Lately, both councils have resorted to removing only food waste from homes and restaurants and delivering them to a recycling plant in Dikkowita to be converted to compost. 


When this issue was posed to Wattala Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Thiyagarathna De Alwis, he said a majority of residents had been helping them with segregated garbage, but outsiders make it a habit to stuff garbage into bags and dump them by the roadside. He said steps were underway to purchase a plot of land in Welisara for the purpose of segregating garbage. 


Meanwhile, Wattala-Mabole Urban Council Chairman Mark Gunasekera said they too faced similar issues and that discussions were held with some foreign agents to establish a modern plant to recycle garbage. 


“As a temporary measure, we have earmarked a plot of land in Welikadamulla to dump garbage,” he said. 

 

As garbage is not collected from households as before, residents are forced to pack them in polythene or used fertilizer bags and dump them by the roadside