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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.

 

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