SL among worst marine polluters

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Sri Lanka has been ranked fifth among the world’s worst polluters that dispose plastic and solid waste into the sea, the Centre for Environment and Nature Studies (CENS) has pointed out quoting the findings of a research carried out by the International Business Times (IBT).

Ravindra Kariyawasam of CENS told The Island yesterday that the research conducted by using a computer model, estimated that in 2010, about eight million tons of trash were dumped into water the world over.

According to the IBT, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka rank among the top five polluters along with China. The United States ranks twentieth.

The research has predicted that the Sri Lankan contribution to the marine pollution will further increase to 1.92 MT per year in 2025 from 1.59 MT in 2010.

The waste generation rate in Sri Lanka is 5.1 kg per capita and the mismanaged plastic waste is 0.299 kg.

The plastic waste generation of the country is 5,163,689 kg per day and the total waste generation is 74,297,687 kg per day.

The CENS has alleged that the politicians are at present trying to dump the garbage collected daily in Colombo and suburbs on the boundary of the Wilpattu reserve.

It also alleged that due to the establishment of the proposed Colombo Port City project Sri Lanka’s contribution to the marine pollution will further increase.

The CENS notes that the absence of proper waste management systems is the main reason for releasing waste into the sea.

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