CMC stops collecting non-segregated waste

The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) yesterday, announced that it will stop collecting non-segregated waste within the municipal limits.

CMC acting Commissioner Lalith Wickramaratne issuing a press statement, said legal action will be taken against those who litter the streets reminding that it is illegal.

He pointed out the majority of people are now accustomed to segregate garbage, but a section of people who commute to the city still have the bad habit of throwing them at roadsides without segregating.

“Awareness campaigns were held with the support of the Environment Police Unit and the Army to control this issue.The CMC cleared the non-segregated waste on roadsides over the past months to keep the city clean. However, as the Kerawalapitiya waste disposal site managed by the Land Reclamation and Development Corporation has decided not to accept non-segregated waste, the CMC is faced with the issue of disposing non-segregated waste.Therefore we urge the public to hand over the waste to the CMC garbage trucks after properly segregating them. Do not throw non-segregated waste on roadsides too,” the acting Commissioner said.

The segregation of waste was made compulsory when a garbage collection crisis emerged following the collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage dump.

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