Kolonnawa garbage dump contains 23.5 mn. tons of trash


By Saman Indrajith

Science, Technology and Research Minister Susil Premajayantha told Parliament yesterday that the 300-foot-tall Kolonnawa garbage dump contained more than 23.5 million tons of trash

Answering a question raised by UNP Colombo District MP S. M. Marikkar, the Minister said that around 800 tons of garbage was added daily to the dump and the area no longer could hold the amount of garbage brought there.

He said the situation was worse than expected as a section of the garbage dump had collapsed on three houses recently burying them completely. When the accident occurred a group of government and Opposition MPs was on an inspection tour of the area with a view to solving the garbage problem, he said.

The stench emanating from the dump reached as far as Rajagiriya on rainy days, Minister Premajayantha said, adding that people in the Kolonnawa area had now got used to the bad smell.

He said the garbage dump had polluted the ground water in the area.

Plans were underway to acquire a sparsely populated land in Wattala to set up a new dump as a solution to the Kolonnawa garbage solution, Parliament was told. At least two years were needed for the completion of the project, the Minister said, adding that until then the dump in Kolonnawa would continue to receive 800 tons of garbage daily. In other words, 584,000 tons of trash would be added to the dump within the next two years, Premajayantha said.

Garbage dumped at Kolonnawa came mostly from the Colombo Municipal Council area, the minister said.

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