Govt launches project to increase organic compost by 300%
The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing has launched a programme to increase the amount of organic compost produced from 15 metric tonnes per day to 50 metric tonnes per day. The Kerawalapitiya Garbage Project, which was launched in April 2017 after the collapse of the Meethotamulla Garbage Dump, is currently being developed by the Sri Lanka Land Development Corporation with an additional investment of Rs 850 million.
Following the government’s policy decision, the Commercial Fertilizer Company, which is already engaged in the production of chemical fertilisers, has also initiated a programme to process and produce organic fertilisers. According to the plan, the Commercial Fertilizer Company has placed an order for 4,000 metric tonnes of organic compost from the Kerawalapitiya Garbage project.
The Colombo Municipal Council acts as the main garbage supplier and the other garbage suppliers are local municipal councils of Wattala, Ja-Ela, Dompe and Attanagalla. It is also expected to increase the capacity of bio-fertiliser produced by Kerawalapitiya Garbage.
This Project currently involves about 70 people and the project already receives 500 metric tonnes of garbage per day. The garbage is piled up for about 6 months to decompose and a solution is sprayed to remove the odour from the garbage. (ER)