The ground breaking ceremony to launch the ‘Waste to Energy’ project at Karadiyana was held recently with the attendance of President Maithripala Sirisena.
Along with the president, Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya, Megapolis and Western Development Cabinet Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Policy Planning and Economic Development Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva, Telecommunication and Information Technology Cabinet Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Road Passenger Transport Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanne and many other special guests.
Fairway Waste Management, a subsidiary of Fairway Holdings, was awarded the project by the government of Sri Lanka to establish the waste to energy plant together with the Waste Management Authority.
At present, Karadiyana receives approximately 500 tons of waste per day from municipalities such as Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Kesbewa and Maharagama. The site is currently managed by the WMA and operates as an open dumping area, resulting in many negative environmental, social and health issues.
The proposed cutting edge waste processing site brings together international consultancy and local expertise to produce the most environmental friendly and sustainable waste processing solution. The plant is a hybrid design that minimizes the amount of waste that is thermally treated. While reducing the waste diverted to landfills, the plant will also recover the nutrients in the waste returning it to earth as fertilizer and the energy content will be transformed into electricity to be distributed to consumers. The process will work in stages of Mechanical Sorting, Biological Processing Plant, and Mass Burn Incineration.
Speaking at the event, Isura Devapriya stated, “The garbage issue has become a national issue at present. Until now we have settled for short term solutions which have been detrimental. We have now stepped into long term solutions and transformed Waste Collection into Waste Management. Taking it a step further, we have initiated this ‘Waste to Energy’ project. We are grateful to corporates such as Fairway Holdings for stepping up to invest in such national projects.”
“When I took over, the situation was much different,” commented Patali Champika Ranawaka. “The state authorities, environmental groups, residents were all disputing each other. We have now taken the initiative to take into consideration ideas and suggestions of all parties concerned and bring about this proposal, which is a great achievement,” he added.
The ‘Waste to Energy’ project is scheduled to be completed in 18 months and will bring about many long term advantages
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