The first ever state-of-the-art sanitary landfill in the country introduced by the Central Environment Authority (CEA) with technical and financial assistance from the Korean International Corporation Agency (KOICA) will be opened for operation today (27).
Located in a remote forest land near the Kirindiwela town, the site will provide a state-of-the-art garbage dumping ground for residual waste collected within the Dompe Pradeshiya Sabha area.
The Chief Guests at the opening ceremony will be Won-san Chang, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development & Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Environment & Renewable Energy.
A wide extent of land excavated into a pit which is called a cell, laid with layers of different material to protect the soil from pollution and extract the waste water separately, has a capacity to hold an estimated 20, 000 metric tons of solid waste within a targeted period of 10 to 15 years by the time the landfill is completed. It is expected to be handed over to the public as a recreational ground when the landfill is complete.
This is Sri Lanka’s first sanitary fill to be used with modern technology to avoid pollution of soil, ground water and waterways in the surrounding area.