Sept 15, Colombo: On the advice of the President and the Prime Minister, as a scientific and eco-friendly solution to the solid waste disposal problem, work at Aruwakkalu landfill in Puttalam will be expedited.
The Sanitary Landfill is being constructed at a cost of US$ 120 million in keeping with international standards. The Metro Colombo Solid Waste Management expects to complete the work of the landfill by September 2021.
The current collection of Solid Waste in the city of Colombo is about 700 MT per day and with the other urbanized local authorities in the Metro Colombo Region, the collection is about 1200 MT per day.
Accordingly, 1,200 MTof garbage per day will be deposited in the Aruwakkalu Sanitary Landfill and natural gas for energy and water for cultivation as a by-product will be generated from the solid waste.
A special secure train takes the garbage From Kelaniya to Aruwakkalu which is 160 km away. The solid waste is provided to Kelaniya by the Colombo Municipal Council and the Local Government Institutions after the waste is sorted.
Two special safety trains with 30 compartments each will be used to transport the garbage and one train can carry 600 tons of garbage at a time.
The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing requests the public to consider the project as a national task and assist the by sorting out the garbage at home itself and direct it to the garbage collection process carried out by local authorities.
Garbage brought safely from Kelaniya by rail will be kept at the Aruwakkalu Sanitary Landfill.
It is expected to generate natural gas about two years after the operation of the sanitary landfill, and the project is expected to generate energy for the project and the national grid.
Generating electricity, purifying our water and conducting tests at the laboratory in the landfill can be additional sources of income.
A group including Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, State Minister of for Urban Development, Coast Conservation, Waste Disposal and Sanitation and Sirinimal Perera, Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing visited the Aruwakkalu landfill and observed the progress of the work on Monday (14).
Expressing his views, State Minister Dr. Godahewa said the construction of the Aruwakkalu Landfill is expected to be completed within another year.