JICA completed a pilot project to improve the Galapitagalayaya landfill site which is the final disposal site and the compost plant for the intermediate treatment of solid wastes collected in the urban centers at Kataragama Pradeshiya Sabha area in Uva Province.
The improvement works include the construction of waste discharge cell with bottom liner system using local available clay soil material, a drainage system, a leachate treatment system, etc, JICA announced.
The improved landfill site will minimize the adverse environmental impact from wastes disposal, such as preventing contamination of leachate to underground water. The landfill site and compost plant are managed by Kataragama Pradesiya Sabha with the support of Uva Provincial Council and Central Environmental Authority (CEA).
At the improved landfill site and compost plant, the JICA expert team will transfer the knowledge and skills for proper maintenance of the landfill site by measuring wastes, keeping records, and guiding waste collection vehicles for proper and efficient disposal of waste.
In addition, there are numerous project activities to follow, such as 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle) awareness raising, improvement of collection system and efficiency using GPS tracking data and proper discharge and collection methods, and composting of separated organic wastes from hotels and restaurants in Kataragama Pradesiya Sabha area.