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Errant garbage dumpers to be arrested in Colombo

16 June 2017 07:22 am - 29     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Colombo Municipality together with the Army and environmental police will police the city after dark in a bid to arrest errant individuals dumping garbage within the Colombo city limits.

The programme which was launched last night was a knee-jerk reaction to individuals dumping large bags of garbage inside the city during the night.

Colombo Municipality Commissioner V. K. A Anura speaking to the Daily Mirror said the garbage was not segregated and often brought into the city from the suburbs.

“These piles of garbage are not segregated and since local government authorities no longer collect garbage that are not segregated, those who don’t segregate their waste dump it in Colombo at night,” he said.

The recent occurrence saw large piles of garbage across the city with the CMC forced to clean up at least 200 metric tonnes a day.

“We collected at least 750 tonnes of garbage from roadsides this week. We are certain the garbage is not produced from residential areas in Colombo as most of the waste we collected had come from large production facilities such as farms,” Mr. Anura added.

When questioned as to why individuals would want to dump garbage in the streets of Colombo after dark, Anura explained that the CMC was the only local government authority to completely clear streets of garbage. “They know we will clear it all, which is why they dump their garbage in the city after dark,” he said. (Nabeela Hussain)

  Comments - 29

  • Ruwan Friday, 16 June 2017 04:13 PM

    We as a citizens of this country has a responsibility too. For most of us, it's simple investment of a compost bin to collect all degradable refuse which in turn will be made to compost. Let us do our part to the environment we live in. Don't depend entirely on the government.

    OI Friday, 16 June 2017 08:52 AM

    SEPARATED OR NOT GARBAGE IS NOT. NOT. NOT COLLECTED IN COLOMBO OR SUBURBS via DM iOS App

    lankaman Friday, 16 June 2017 09:08 AM

    Before building megapolis, the government should take care of existing towns

    Katie Friday, 16 June 2017 09:28 AM

    good move

    Tom Jr Friday, 16 June 2017 09:49 AM

    So where do you expect TAX payers to dump the there garbage.....Lets ask them not to eat so we dont have any garbage - recycle. The word Yahapalnaya is like garbage.

    malkanthi Friday, 16 June 2017 09:59 AM

    We thank the Dehiwela/Mt.L Municipal Council collectinggarbage in prompt way,however please take a note somepassers by dump always huge garbage in the early morning hours,near theAttapathu Lane(Off Galwela road),and place looks very eyesore in the morning hours and smelling,better catch them and punish culprit.

    ceylon Friday, 16 June 2017 10:24 AM

    this is not a country with a government.cant even keep the streets cleanif cant do even that no wonder they cant do any other things. via DM Android App

    have Friday, 16 June 2017 10:46 AM

    it is the duty of any government to collect garbage and clean the city then we can have a healthy population via DM Android App

    gabage in town Friday, 16 June 2017 10:57 AM

    It is a fact that rubbish are not COLLECTED by Abans. This is another gimmick to created to mess up the day to day life of the people. I am a retired person and watching daily but collectors doesn't sight. Don't blame the people but make your priority positive.This is a fact to create Gothapaya important to this land belongs to Rajapakses.

    L. Jay Friday, 16 June 2017 11:07 AM

    Please facilitate to collect and clear garbage then people will not dump.

    like Friday, 16 June 2017 11:22 AM

    we never expected people dumping garbage like this like we never expected floods like this p m via DM Android App

    Ahmed Friday, 16 June 2017 12:01 PM

    before putting rules provide proper facility to citizens. sri lanka got the habit of putting rules without building the infrastructure.

    Sonali Friday, 16 June 2017 12:02 PM

    Good luck to the CMC with this harebrained idea. The municipal councils never had a proper garbage disposal plan from the beginning. All they have to do is to see that the garbage is collected on the designated days. No excuses. People will stop dumping garbage on the roads.

    Nishan Friday, 16 June 2017 12:43 PM

    who will take action against the cmc for not collecting garbage the police will resolve many of them want seprate payment to take garbage. will police resolve this matter via DM Android App

    Sambo Friday, 16 June 2017 01:46 PM

    These are all temporary solutions. After one week it will be back to normal with garbage all over the place. Tell me one thing which has kept its word.

    RuwanL Friday, 16 June 2017 07:46 AM

    The garbage issue has not been revolved up to date! our garbage had not been collected for the past one week! Whats happening? Has the government no solution for the garbage issue?

    Concerned taxpayer Friday, 16 June 2017 02:10 PM

    People won't be dumping garbage elsewhere if the garbage collection process worked efficiently. We have the same issue in our neighborhood....the trash collectors expect us to compost. I'd like to know how when we don't have garden space to do so. On top of all that, the trash collectors demand payment on a weekly basis to collect the garbage....if not, they won't take the garbage. If I need to pay them, why am I paying taxes?

    Claude Peries Friday, 16 June 2017 07:53 AM

    Govt , Officials please go home . Give it to some one who can govern .

    CMC Friday, 16 June 2017 08:01 AM

    not only its happening in Colombo even in towns and villages same happens. years of free education still people are clueless on how to manage their own waste via DM Android App

    neo Friday, 16 June 2017 08:19 AM

    Garbage is collected very irregularly. They should collect it more often. The garbage trucks are now working continuously due to the many apartment and office complexes that have sprouted everywhere you look hence the problem of garbage collection unlike in the good old days when it was collected daily. By not collecting rats and cockroaches will be the next menace. via DM Android App

    Sathish Friday, 16 June 2017 02:48 PM

    Dump all garbage in front of CMC Ministers House. This is the best idea.

    JAN Friday, 16 June 2017 08:44 AM

    This government totally loss Garbage Dengue Floods Strikes protests Mass corruption Stealing exposed every corner where what have you promised to the peoples via DM Android App

    Naz Friday, 16 June 2017 02:59 PM

    What do they expect people to do if the garbage is not collected regularly. This govt has lost it completely. Regret, regret, regret for voting for these idiots. The situation was never so bad.

    Aruna Friday, 16 June 2017 03:28 PM

    Ha haaa. Be patient, more and more to come!

    mm Friday, 16 June 2017 08:49 AM

    AH MAY BE THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN IS THE GARBAGE IS COLLECTED BLOODY STUPID. WITHOUT CORRECTING THR ROOT CUASE NOW ARRESTING THE SUFFERING PEOPLE via DM iOS App

    ceylon Friday, 16 June 2017 03:34 PM

    people dont care these empty noticess.because they know this is garbage governments garbage talks. only talk.nothing beyond it. via DM Android App

    ANTON Friday, 16 June 2017 08:51 AM

    THIS PROBLEM STARTED HAPPENING AFTER COLLAPSING OF CLONNAAVA GARBAGE DUMP, HOW WAS THIS CONTROLLED BEFORE THAT.

    TONY Saturday, 17 June 2017 11:28 AM

    BEFORE TAKING ACTION AGAINST THE TAX (CMC) PAYERS CMC SHOULD COLLECT GARBAGE FROM RESIDENCIES WITHOUT FAIL. I THINK THE RATE PAYERS SHOULD TAKE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST THE CMC

    Jaani Zousa Saturday, 17 June 2017 12:11 PM

    First of all, place large bins in different colours (Red,Blue,Green etc) for segregated waste, as in other countries. How do people know how or where to put different waste?


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