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CMC requests residents to separate garbage

2013 Jul 16

By Ariyaratne Ganegoda


In the backdrop of the difficulties faced in disposing of garbage at the Meetotamulla garbage disposal site, the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has taken measures to reduce the volume of its daily garbage intake by requesting the residents in the city to separate their household waste into metal, plastic, empty cartons, coconut shells, glass, kitchen refuse, among other disposables.



Only kitchen refuse will be collected and disposed of by the CMC garbage trucks, leaving metal, plastic, empty cartons, coconut shells including the husk, and glass collected separately, to be recycled, Colombo Mayor, A.J.M. Muzammil said, addressing the media yesterday. The new garbage separation and disposal project will be implemented by the Municipal Engineering Department and the Solid Waste Management Unit of the CMC.



As the lands available for garbage disposal is limited, and the volume of garbage is phenomenal, such steps are necessary to ensure that what is biodegradable is separated from what cannot be absorbed by the earth, and therefore, that should be recycled, the Mayor said. "Every house, office or establishment will be issued with sacks to store metal, plastics, glass, coconut shells and other non-degradable items, all of which will be collected once a week and sold to organizations involved in recycling," Muzammil added.



The project, which had got off the ground on 1 June, is yet to catch up with many households. Municipal Commissioner, Bhadrani Jayawardhana, who chaired the media conference, sought the assistance of the media to make the public aware of the effective methods of garbage disposal, primarily by separating the items disposed of by every household.



Chairman of the Solid Waste Management Standing Committee, Premajayantha Kasturiarachhi, requested the support of the residents of the city of Colombo to make the project a success by following the basic rules in garbage disposal, which he said would assist the overall responsibility of the municipality in removing garbage from the premises of the residents.



Deputy Mayor, Titus Perera, Chief Government Whip, Sunil Ananda Vithanage, Municipal Councillors E. Kagaiveniyan, Sanjeewa Chandradasa, M.T.M. Iqbal, Tharanga Athuraliye, Sugath Perera, Anton Vigneshwaran, Douglas Seneviratne, J.M. Hemantha and K.G. Kulatissa were also present at the media conference.

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