CMC to implement new garbage program from June 1
The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) is now distributing 200,000
garbage collecting bags among residents in the city to implement the
collection of 'separated garbage only' program from June 1, Municipal
Commissioner Badrani Jayawardena told the Sunday Observer.
She said the CMC started distributing polythene sacks on May 15 in
Kirulapone with the help of the Environment Police and also the Security
Forces. "Since the police and the Security Forces personnel had to
attend the Victory Day parade, the program was suspended during the past
few days and it would resume distributing from next Monday the polythene
sacks in other parts of the city too", she said.
Since the program is new to the residents in Colombo the CMC will
collect the separated garbage as degradable and non-degradable waste
from June 1. "When people adapt themselves to the program we will
encourage them to separate the garbage further", she said.
The non-degradable waste will be collected only once a week and the
degradable waste will be collected as usual on a daily basis, she said.
The garbage collecting vehicles with a compartment for degradable waste
and non-degradable waste will collect the garbage in future, she said.
About 30 percent of Municipal garbage consists of non-degradable
waste and the daily collection of garbage in the Colombo city alone is
around 750 metric tonnes "We will hand over this non-degradable waste to
the Pilisaru section of the Meethotamulla dump site for recycling
purposes", she said.