Garbage crisis in Maligawatte Residents and garbage collectors at logger heads

Published : 9:09 am  August 9, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (154) reads | 

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  • Though the garbage bins have been supplied to the residents to put garbage separately, some residents have mixed garbage such as glass, leftovers, plastic and polythene and put them into one bin
  • The garbage collection in the area is not carried out properly and regularly

 

Text & Pics By Pushpa Weerasekera

Garbage collectors in the area stated that they would collect garbage on particular days every week and that they have specifically requested residents to segregate.


However, several residents have ignored this request putting them in a tight spot as they have no where to dispose of such garbage.


Though the garbage bins have been supplied to the residents to put garbage separately, some residents have mixed garbage such as glass, leftovers, plastic and polythene and put them into one bin. Therefore they have faced difficulties as garbage has not been separated. Colombo Municipal Council has given this contract to some companies to transport this garbage.


But some residents express a separate story about this.


Irangani Silva of Maligawatta Lane says “On Tuesdays the collectors come to collect polythene. They used to come to collect other garbage twice a week. If there is no one at home during the time they come, we have to keep the garbage outside our house for days to be collected.”


“The stench of this garbage is unbearable. Some people have resorted to haphazardly dumping garbage on the roadside at the dead of night because of this. To make matters worse, the collectors don’t take what’s been left on the road side. We are left with the task of sorting them out and giving it to the collectors when they come again,” she said.

 

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Thahid of Jumma Masjeed Lane says that it is true the garbage collection in the area is not carried out properly.


“Some dump garbage on the roadside. The collection and cleaning of this takes a long time, even the roads that are crowded and have little space have to suffer from this menace,” he said.


Anusha Malkanthi of Aluthpara says that “there were bags full of garbage at the entrance of by roads. Collectors did not collect them and the people of the area loaded them to the garbage lorry.