Washed up plastic debris from X-Press Pearl: Singapore sends eight machines to help clean up
Eight machines worth USD 180,000 were handed to Sri Lanka yesterday (2) by the Singaporean Government following a request by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) said the machines will be used to remove plastic debris that has accumulated off the coast of Sri Lanka as a result of the X-Press Pearl disaster.
The donated equipment will be used to extract very small bits of plastic from the sand. Extracting plastics from the beach sand can be accomplished easily and rapidly in this manner, it said. The eight machines were first put to work at Uswetakeiyawa Sarkuwa Beach and will be sent to other beaches affected by the recent maritime disaster, according to MEPA. Mohan Priyadarshana de Silva, State Minister for Coast Conservation and Lowland Development, said that five committees led by the Minister of Justice are inspecting each location to determine the damage caused by the fire on the X-Press Pearl. (TR)