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Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees Thilanga Sumathipala says a national program to address the prevailing garbage issue in the country must be introduced promptly.

Speaking at an event today n Kandy the Deputy Speaker said 8 metric tons of garbage is collected by urban centres daily.

The Deputy Speaker said the country needs a national program, since garbage disposal has become an urban issue adding that when a country is a middle income country the amount of waste within the country sees an increase.

The Deputy Speaker said if Sri Lanka was a low income country the country would have been able to solve its waste management issues by sweeping houses adding that the country is now a middle income country, and when it becomes a high income country it’s waste will also see a drastic increase, it happens everywhere.

The Deputy Speaker said 8 metric tons of garbage is collected by urban centres on a daily basis adding that therefore the country as a whole collects around 20,000 tons of waste daily.

He added that the population of the country is increasing and within the next 20 years it’s waste will increase to 40,000 tons.

Thilanga Sumathipala further noted steps taken to relocate garbage to Puttalam will be impractical as the transport of garbage would become a constant issue.

The Deputy Speaker said the plan to dispose garbage in Puttlam is pointless and will be a failure adding that a train would have to transport the garbage to Puttlam, and even then lorries would have to transport the garbage a further 18km to the designated space.

The Deputy Speaker said it costs 8,000 rupees to transport one ton, following which he inquired as to who will invest in such a plan.

Deputy Speaker Sumithipala said with all these factors taken into consideration, this plan would fail as it hasn’t succeeded in any other country, adding that if it would have been practical then those who proposed it had the opportunity to implement it.

He added that it’s one thing to collect and segregate garbage, but recycling it is a whole other task.

The Deputy Speaker further stated that it is not the time to talk about how the previous regime had a solution behind dumping garbage in Kolonnawa, but what should be done in future adding that he believes these claims made by certain politicians are unfair and have no basis.

The Deputy Speaker added that these are statements made to unsettle the public.

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