ECONOMYNEXT – The United States will help Sri Lanka improve its plastic waste management efforts and further reduce any waste flows to the Ocean by providing grants to fund public-private partnerships under its ‘Clean Cities Blue Ocean’ program.
“National and local coordination, enduring partnerships, community engagement, and localized solutions are key to reversing the impact of pollution and environmental degradation,” Ambassador Teplitz said.
“The Clean Cities, Blue Ocean program incorporates the principles and will help Sri Lankans build sustainable solutions to protect the precious ocean that surrounds us.”
Sri Lanka already collects a big portion items such as PET bottles for recycling.
Volunteers also collect plastic waste washing up on the shores in several locations including those discharged from other countries.
Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and Public Interest Law Foundation were funded by the US Agency for International Development, to test, and implement new solid waste management methods and to promote reducing, reusing, and recycling practices.
They will also build awareness of the negative impact of plastic pollution on the ocean.
Working in Colombo, Galle, and Jaffna districts, they will collaborate with local and national government entities to manage solid waste.
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will pilot a public-private partnership approach that encourages manufacturers to take responsibility for the environmental impacts of the production and disposal of their plastic products.
The Public Interest Law Foundation will help to create guidelines for the disposal of non-hazardous plastic waste from hospitals, draft proposals to strengthen local solid waste management, and promote reforms to support recycling and disposal of plastic waste.
The Clean Cities, Blue Ocean program will provide technical assistance and conduct site-level research to indentify challenges in solid waste management and enforcement and barriers to private sector investment. (Colombo/Apr23/2021)