alexa Municipal solid waste management in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka: problems, issues and challenges.
Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences

International Journal of Waste Resources

Author(s): Vidanaarachchi CK, Yuen ST, Pilapitiya S

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Abstract This paper describes the problems, issues and challenges faced by Sri Lanka based on the outcome of a recent study conducted in the country's Southern Province. The study consists of a public survey, discussions with local authority staff involved in waste management, discussions with Provincial Council and Government officials, dialogue with local politicians, review of documents and field observations. The study revealed that only 24\% of the households have access to waste collection and that in rural areas it was less than 2\%. A substantial number of households in areas without waste collection expect local authorities to collect their waste. The study also showed that most sites in the province are under capacity to handle any increased demand. Urgent and immediate improvement of the waste disposal sites is necessary to meet the current demand for improved waste collection. The study also revealed that there is a high willingness of people for home composting. This article was published in Waste Manag and referenced in International Journal of Waste Resources

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