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Caritas aims for a cleaner Sri Lanka

ucanews.com reporter, Colombo

ucanews.com reporter, Colombo

Updated: September 17, 2010 04:12 AM GMT
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Parish environmentalists attend a Caritas waste management workshop in Colombo
Parish environmentalists attend a Caritas waste management workshop in Colombo
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Solid waste management needs drastic improvement if people in Sri Lanka are to live in a healthier environment, parish environmental leaders have been told. “Inefficient collection and disposal of solid waste is a major problem,” said Nalin Mannapperuma, deputy director of the Solid Waste Management Authority of the Western Provincial Council in Colombo. He was speaking to about 50 Buddhist and Christian health and environmental committee chiefs from Colombo archdiocese at a Caritas-led solid waste management training workshop in Colombo on Sept. 16. “People must change their habits” he said. A lack of land fill sites, dumping grounds and recycling centers, coupled with apathy among the population results in many garbage mountains appearing in urban areas, participants were told. This in turn leads to serious health and sanitation issues. “The public must act with responsibility,” said Mannapperuma at the workshop, which was organized to coincide with the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on Sept.16. Participants were trained in management skills and in how to reduce, dispose or recycle solid waste products. This included discouraging the use of polythene materials turning waste products into compost for gardens, and dumping garbage in designated areas. We plan to mount a house to house waste collection campaign, said Anton Prasad Mangala, a committee member from Uswetakeiyawa, a small seaside village. Committee members will also educate residents on how to make their local environment better,” said Roshan de Silva, the Caritas-Sethsarana coordinator of the program. “We will also conduct seminars, competitions and workshops to help safeguard the environment,” de Silva added. Related reports Women’s micro credit program launches retail outlets Camp helps orphans’ self-confidence SR11258.1619

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