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About 1,200 arrested for dumping garbage

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About 1,200 individuals had been arrested for dumping garbage in a haphazard manner in the Western Province, the Police said today.

Releasing a statement the Police Department said the individuals were arrested between June 18 and 27.

The highest numbers of individuals were arrested from Gampaha, while Kalutara reported the lowest number of arrests.

“250 were arrested from Gampaha, 215 from Central Colombo, 169 from Colombo North, 153 from Kelaniya, 140 from Nugegoda, 85 from Panadura, 72 from Colombo South, 65 from Negombo, 27 from Mount Lavinia and 4 from Kalutara,” a Spokesman for the Police said.

The raids were conducted by the Police Department in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Army.

Meanwhile, speaking to the Daily Mirror previously Colombo Municipality Commissioner V. K. A. Anura said the arrests would continue in the city until individuals stopped dumping garbage in a haphazard manner in the city.

The operation commenced on June 15, was aimed at reducing the 650 metric tons of garbage collected by the Colombo Municipality within its limits, he said.

During a media conference, Anura stated that Municipality workers had cleared out at least 200 metric tons of garbage dumped haphazardly on the streets each day with most of the said waste generated from large production facilities.

“We used to collect about 1,000 metric tons of garbage before we started to segregate and now we collect much less in Colombo. This is because people are more conscious of the waste they generate,” he said.

Last week, Minister of Provincial Councils Faiszer Musthapha said mobile monitoring teams deployed by the Ministry had identified 2, 336 persons, while dumping garbage on roads in a haphazard manner.

He also said steps would be taken to set up street cameras to identify persons who dump garbage on the roadside and in public places.

  Comments - 7

  • suresh Saturday, 01 July 2017 11:12 AM

    people who throw garbage on road sides do so only because garbage collectors do not collect the garbage from their door step for which citizens pay municipal tax.Now why don't these very same police arrest these garbage collectors who are collecting their salaries but not doing their job

    Peter Moore Friday, 30 June 2017 06:33 PM

    Instead of Fine. Make them to Work with the Garbage Collectors for one week. I meant the House Owner not the Maid / Servant.

    RK Friday, 30 June 2017 06:41 PM

    First of all find the core-issue on this matter, which is the garbage collectors do not visit houses every day and collect. Therefore the households do not have alternative options but to dump them on the road. Without fining those who dump garbage on the road, try correcting the garbage collectors to do their job properly, then everything will come in line automatically. That was how the previous government did and there was no dumping of garbage on the road then.

    Thomas Friday, 30 June 2017 07:24 PM

    Garbage was to be recycled but was stalled. Why The garbage collectors mean time are minting money from the citizens. What is the point in paying taxes to the CMC & Local bodies. via DM Android App

    ceylon Friday, 30 June 2017 04:12 PM

    without stop continue it for several years till people make it as a habit.lawlessnesslaziness and un cleanlyness is common in lanka. via DM Android App

    Ranjan Fernando Friday, 30 June 2017 04:20 PM

    This is how Singapore started bringing civic consciousness amongst its citizens. First by fining them. Better late than never.

    max Friday, 30 June 2017 04:48 PM

    Well done. Catch more. Fine them on the spot! At the same time, govt should think of a ban of sili sili malu and plastic bottles, at least if they cant go for a total ban of plastic and polythene!

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