What a Stink

Feb. 01 (LBO) – The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) says it will clear Colombo™s garbage pileup by end of the week. We have cleared most of the garbage by now. By this weekend we can clear up almost all of it, said Lalith Wickramaratne, Director Engineering, Solid Waste Management, CMC.

The heavy rains and the associated breakdowns of garbage collection trucks contributed to the delay in collection, says Wickramaratne.


Colombo city, Sri Lanka™s densely populated commercial capital, dumps around 650 MT of solid waste every day.


For the past few weeks however the garbage has been piling up on roadsides, fermenting in the tropical heat and rain.


Residents of Colombo are now worried about the health impacts of the slow garbage disposal system government top brass are also aware of the dangers.


Bad News


The Minister of Science and Technology, Tissa Vitharana, speaking at a seminar on solid waste disposal, organised by the Chamber of Construction Industry on Monday, said the city is at risk from a range of diseases because of garbage accumulation.


The problem of