Given the rapidly escalating problems surrounding the management of municipal solid waste (MSW) especially in the Western Province, the Government has adopted a ‘waste-to-energy’ approach to ensure that MSW is disposed of in a hygienic and sustainable manner.
The disposal/treatment of 650 and 500 metric tons of MSW per day at selected locations in Muthurajawela and Kardiyana was proposed as Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects with the Waste Management Authority of the Western Province.
The Urban Development Authority published a Request for Proposals to initiate the project. Following the completion of national procurement procedures, the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development announced that Fairway Waste Management (Pvt) Ltd and KCHT Lanka Jang (Pvt) Ltd had been selected to convert waste into energy at Karadiyana and Muthurajawela.
The projects were launched on at the Waters Edge, Battaramulla, recently. Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka, the Minister of Provincial Councils and Provincial Administration, FaizerMusthafa, the Chief Minister of the Western Province, Isura Devapriya, and the Deputy Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Lasantha Alagiyawanna were also present.
Located within the jurisdiction of the Boralesgamuwa Municipal area, Karadiyana has been used as a dumpsite for MSW collected from seven local authorities in the Colombo district.
Fairway Waste Management (Pvt) Ltd has identified a number of issues surrounding the open dumping of waste over a long period and gained knowledge of a number of methods by which such waste can be successfully disposed of.
With the use of German and Danish technology Fairway Waste Management (Pvt) Ltd plans to set about constructing a waste to energy plant in the 10 acres of land allotted to them in Karadiyana and begin operations as soon as possible, a company release said.