Japanese aid for waste collection for Sri Lanka’s north

ECONOMYNEXT – Japan will grant waste collection trucks to the Jaffna municipality in Sri Lanka’s north to improve disposal of solid waste which is causing health and environmental problems with the revival of the region following the ethnic war.

A statement said that with the rapid growth of Jaffna’s economy since the war ended 10 years ago, 70 metric tonnes of solid waste is generated every day.

“Due to the shortage of waste collection trucks, around 20MT of waste is left without being properly collected, which severely affects the environment and public health in the municipal area.”

Japanese Ambassador Akira Sugiyama told a news conference four waste collection trucks will be donated by Japan to the Jaffna municipality.

The trucks will be reconditioned and shipped by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Diplomacy, which donates recycled emergency vehicles from local governments in Japan to developing countries.

“This project addresses an urgent need by enhancing the Jaffna municipality’s garbage collection capacity,” Sugiyama said. 
(COLOMBO, March 19, 2019-SB)

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