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Discussion Paper
Author:
Madhubashini
MAKEHELWALA
Sujithra Kaushalya
WERAGODA
Lakmal
JAYARATHNE
Mallika
PINNAWALA
Avanthi Deshani
IGALAVITHANA
Chamil
PERERA

The report assesses the level of public awareness of microplastic pollution and related hazards as well as the current status of microplastic monitoring facilities available in Sri Lanka’s state and private sector institutes, with an emphasis on the public water supply chain and identifying microplastic point sources upstream to ensure safe...

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Peer-reviewed Article
In Sustainability

The global demand for plastic is expected to double in the next 20 years. The increasing demand for Single-Use Plastic Products (SUPPs) has become one of the main environmental problems in many developing countries, including Sri Lanka, through direct and indirect means, in the way of excessive consumption and the pollution of the environment...

Peer-reviewed Article
In Land
Author:
Vindhya
Basnayaka
Jayanga
Samarasinghe
Miyuru
Gunathilake
Nitin
Muttil
Dileepa
Hettiarachchi
Upaka
Rathnayake

River meandering and anabranching have become major problems in many large rivers that carry significant amounts of sediment worldwide. The morphodynamics of these rivers are complex due to the temporal variation of flows. However, the availability of remote sensing data and geographic information systems (GISs) provides the opportunity to analyze...

Working Paper
Author:
Anurudda
Karunarathna
Thilini
Rajapaksha
Yasas
Gamagedara

This report presents the challenges faced and opportunities revealed through a study of two cases of source-segregated waste collection by local authorities in Sri Lanka; Moratuwa Municipal Council, in Colombo, and Kataragama Pradeshiya Sabha, in Monaragala for the purpose of raising planning and decision making capacities not only in Sri Lanka but...

Working Paper
Effective Plastic Waste Management in Sri Lanka
Author:
Anurudda
Karunarathna
Thilini
Rajapaksha

This case study report examines the establishment and evolution of plastic waste recycling under two different operational modalities in urban areas of Sri Lanka; 1) single municipal operation, and 2) PPP (Public Private Partnership) based operation. This report provides an analysis of each modality in terms of effectiveness, technical feasibility...

Working Paper
Author:
Anurudda
Karunarathna
Thilini
Rajapaksha

This report presents three case studies in the context of centralised large-scale composting facilities in Sri Lanka in order to reveal the factors and approaches that led to positive results under different type of operational modality, i.e., 1) single municipal operation, 2) provincial operation, and 3) joint consortium operation (operated by two...

Policy Report

Negombo City is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in Sri Lanka. It is the major commercial and transport centre, and main health service provider for the region. However, municipal solid waste management is a pressing concern for Negombo due to expanding urbanization, increasing income, lack of public awareness, changes in consumption...

Non Peer-reviewed Article

Pollution caused by the irresponsible disposal of plastics is a significant issue, particularly in developing countries like Sri Lanka. It is estimated that only 9% of all plastics ever produced globally have been recycled. However, not all plastics are equal in this equation, PET, in particular, stands out, given that they are 100% recyclable. Sri...

Submission to Policy Process

Plastics are part of everyday life for most of the people in the world and it is also used extensively in the industry. Globally about 368 million tonnes are produced annually where Asia accounts for more than half of the global plastic production. Sri Lanka currently imports virgin plastic raw materials for varying applications which amounts to...

Policy Report

Asian cities have faced problems caused by rapid urbanization for decades. While urbanization can bring economic development to the cities, it also produces decrease of natural resources or environmental deterioration. From the perspective of fresh water related issues, Asian cities are suffering from scarcity of water resources and water...