February 23, 2018
Municipal Solid Waste Material Recovery Facility constructed at Karadiyana waste disposal site was ceremonially opened on 23 February 2018 by Hon. K.C. Logeswaran – Governor of Western Province, Hon. Isura Devapriya – Chief Minister of Western Province and His Excellency Kenichi Suganuma - Ambassador of Japan in Sri Lanka. Mr. Fusato Tanaka – Chief Representative of JICA Sri Lanka Office, Ms. Ruwini Dharmasiri – Chairperson of Waste Management Authority of Western Province (WMA - WP) and Mr. Nalin Mannapperuma – Director of WMA- WP also graced the occasion.
JICA extended support for construction of Municipal Solid Waste Material Recovery Facility through Japanese private company – Recycle Co. Ltd. Recycle Co. Ltd., started in Chiba, Japan in 1981, has long experience in collection and management of treatment facilities for general waste. The company has a high technology to separate recyclable items from mixed waste and convert organic waste into fertilizer.
Sri Lanka has been facing several environmental problems such as water contamination, air pollution, and odor caused by Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). Karadiyana garbage dumping facility receives nearly 500 tons of MSW a day. Garbage dumped over decades is reaching the maximum capacity of the dumping site and causing serious environmental problems to surrounding areas.
With this Waste Material Recovery Facility newly established under JICA Verification survey, out of 500 tons of MSW, 25 tons/day converts into valuable and organic fertilizer.
Expected outcome of the project could be summarized as below;