Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka considers Muturajawela as an open garbage dump, but Colombo Municipal Commissioner V. K.A. Anura says the process of installing machinery required to produce compost there will commence next week and, therefore, Muturajawela will ceased to be an open garbage dump.
Anura told that the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) would commence the construction of the Muturajawela compost yard immediately and a foreign company named Western Flower had agreed to put up an incineration plant there.
According to the Municipal Commissioner, the degradable solid waste would be converted to compost at the Muturajawela yard while the nondegradable waste would be transported to the proposed Arkuwakkalu garbage deposit site in Puttalam.
In addition to the nondegradable waste from Muturajawela, all waste, degradable and nondegradable, in Gampaha, Kelaniya would be transported to Puttalam, he added.
The daily waste production in the country was on the rise the waste production in the Colombo Port City under construction would amount to 700 tonnes per day, the Commissioner stressed.
The agreements for the proposed incineration plant at Muturajawela would be signed next week, he said, adding that the two projects would be completed by 2019.
Minister Ranawaka told the media that his scheme, Metro Colombo Solid Waste Management Project, scheduled to be launched at Puttalam would be able to accommodate degradable, nondegradable or waste that had not been segregated.
There would be recycling plants at the proposed waste park in Puttalam and it would also generate many job opportunities for the people in the Puttalam District, Ranawaka said.