CMC pays up in order for SLLRDC to resume garbage collection

Oct 10, 2018 (LBO) – The Megapolis and Western Development Ministry yesterday said Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) made an advance payment of 100 million rupees to the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC) in order for the latter to resume garbage collection in the CMC area.

Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka further challenged the CMC to manage their garbage collection in the Colombo Municipal area and to take over the process from the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC).

Responding to the allegations levelled against the SLLRDC by Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake that the SLLRDC is extorting payment for garbage management he said, “Let them undertake garbage management if it is strong enough to do so.”

The charges come following Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake vehemently condemning the conduct of the SLLRDC on this matter and added that there was no outstanding payment to be made.

SLLRDC informed that they would temporarily quit collecting garbage in the CMC area as the CMC had failed to make an outstanding payment of 207 million rupees to them for garbage management.

Senanayake said that the CMC was not aware how the figure mentioned by SLLRDC was computed.

According to available data the Western Province alone produces around 60 percent of the nation’s waste, with 3,400 metric tons produced per day.

About 86 percent of waste is dumped in the open with only about 6 percent of this made into compost and about 4 percent of it recycled.