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February 23, 2018

JICA Helps Waste Management by Introducing Municipal Solid Waste Material Recovery Facility at Karadiyana through Verification Survey with the Private sector for Disseminating Japanese Technologies

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;

  • Uplifting livelihood and social status of poor people: The project expects to employ eight people from the neighborhood to run the plant which generates living condition of the people.
  • Improvement of Environment of landfill area and controlling epidemic situation and harmful pests/ insect: This plant reduces 12.9 tons of organic waste per day. By controlling of methane gas this project helps to reduce approximately 2,889 tons of Co2 per year.
  • Soil environment improvement and consumption of compost: 7.5 tons of high quality compost can be produced per day by this project. According to a market research done by the project, some tea planters agreed to buy their high quality compost.
  • Emerging of Resource recycling Industry

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