Development of National Waste Management Strategy and Action Plan

Event: Inception Workshop
Date: 21 January 2019, Negombo Municipal Council, Sri Lanka
Inception Workshop

Negombo is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in Sri Lanka and it is experiencing a rapid increase in waste generation. The daily waste generation is 110-120 tonnes of which 70-90 tonnes of waste is collected. Out of the collected waste, 10 tonnes of waste is used for compost-making at its compost plant. The remaining 60-80 tonnes of collected waste is currently disposed of at Ovitiyawatta, an area of private land rented by the city, as there is no public land for final disposal. Negombo City is carrying out some activities for management of their waste such as composting, recycling and public awareness, etc. but only on a very small scale. Most of the generated waste in the city is dumped into non-engineered landfill with very limited resource recovery. Moreover, the lifetime of the landfill is expected to end within less than two years and no alternative options have been found for final disposal. Therefore, Negombo City needs a proper waste management strategy and long-term action plans to improve the current waste management situation as well as prepare itself to tackle future problems in the waste sector.

In this regards, in consultation with the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment (MOMDE), considering the need and commitment to improving the current waste management, Negombo city was selected as the pilot city for development of waste management strategy and action plan. Hence, CCET-IGES is assisting the Negombo Municipal Council (NMC) to develop an efficient waste management strategy to come up with action plans to address the current waste management problem in the city.