The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Eximbank) has approved US$14 million for the supply of garbage collection compactors to Sri Lanka.
This project will provide 190 garbage compactors to local authorities in all nine provinces of Sri Lanka in order to collect and transfer large amount of waste to dumping sites in an efficient and economical manner.
Korea Eximbank which operate ECDF (Economic Development Cooperation Fund) entrusted by Korean Government will finance this project with a high concessional EDCF compact loan of 0 percent interest rate and 30 year repayment period including 10 year grace period.
The project executing agency will be the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Council and Local Government whereas the National Solid Waste Management Centre under the purview of the same ministry will function as the project management unit.
The main objective of this project is to improve the solid waste management system through reduction in travel time and maintenance cost of collection vehicles and increase the waste collection quantity.
Following the tragic garbage dump collapse in Meethotamulla, the solid waste management became a pressing concern in Sri Lanka. Currently, approximately 3/4 of solid wastes generated in urban areas are disposed through unsanitary open dumping due to the insufficiency of waste collection system.
Further, there is a serious shortage of waste collection equipment in Sri Lanka where only 11.6 percent of solid waste is collected by compactors.
In this context, this project will not only help prevent further environmental pollution and damage that was caused by unsanitary open dumping due to the insufficiency of waste collection system but will also enhance health and sanitary lifestyle of people in the long-run.
The supply of garbage compactors project does not have only an economic meaning but also a diplomatic meaning. Korean government’s decision to finance this project comes at a significant time as this year 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea.