Mar 03, Colombo: Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka says that the waste management activities have been handed over to the Ministry of Local Government and its affiliated Municipal Councils, Urban Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas since 1 January 2018.
Due to the special situation arose last year with the collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage dump, following the transfer of waste management responsibilities to the Colombo city, a formal mechanism and program have been formulated for the disposal of solid waste.
Now it's only necessary to maintain it, the Minister said.
Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation on 19th of February, 2018, has conducted a special awareness program at the Kerawalapitiya Disposal Center for all the parties in waste management on the disposal of garbage.
The Colombo Municipal Council, Kaduwela Municipal Council, Gampaha Municipal Council, Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha, Kolonnawa and Peliyagoda Urban Councils, Wattala, Mahara, Biyagama, Gampaha and Attanagalla Pradeshiya Sabhas and the Wattala Mabola Urban Council have been summoned for the program. However, the Kaduwela and Gampaha Municipal Councils and the Wattala Pradeshiya Sabha did not participate.
Furthermore, the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC) has also taken steps to inform all relevant local government authorities in writing of the agreed terms on the discussed topics on February 22, 2018.
It has been notified that the complete administration of the Kerawalapitiya waste center has been handed over to the Land Reclamation and Development Corporation since February 28.
Accordingly, SLLRDC has informed that unsorted garbage will not be accepted at the Kerawalapitiya Disposal Center from February 28, 2018.
Despite the situation, the mixed waste is still being brought to the Kerawalapitiya Disposal Center. The SLLRDC stresses that no unsorted waste will be accepted under any circumstances. However, any amount of the sorted degradable waste will be accepted at the Kerawalapitiya waste disposal center.
Minister Champika Ranawaka said he has informed the cabinet on several occasions on the policy and the Prime Minister as well as the President has also clarified this.
Minister Ranawaka points out that the officials of the respective local authorities have the responsibility to free themselves from the old Meethotamulla thinking and properly dispose the garbage from their locales.
"Our Ministry intervened to resolve the garbage crisis considering it as a national responsibility and made necessary provisions needed for the future, But that is not a reason for the local authorities to evade the responsibility for garbage disposal from their own localities," the Minister said.