Sri Lanka to set up more waste disposal sites

Oct 09, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has approved two waste disposal sites with private sector participation to handle garbage generated in the densely populated western province which houses the capital, Colombo, a minister said. Yapa said the Burns would operate the waste site with two other partners.

Burns, which had a concession from the Colombo municipality to treat solid waste had a site inside the city, at one time.

Population growth and rising migration to Colombo and other towns has meant waste disposal services and facilities have not kept pace with generation of waste. The government has approved the use of a 14 acre site in the Enderamulla area, and a 27 acre site in the Ekala area to be used as waste treatment sites.

The land to be used by the firm, Burns Lanka, were privately held abandoned paddy lands, information minister Anura Yapa said.

The Western Province was estimated to generate 1,683 tonnes of solid waste a day.

About 62 percent of it was ‘rotting waste’ and 6.5 percent paper, allowing most of it to be composted, Yapa said.