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The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) charged that many unauthorized garbage dumping sites were being maintained by the local government authorities.

It is reported that according to a research carried out in 192 countries by the International Business Times concerning countries that disposed plastic and solid waste into the sea, Sri Lanka had ranked fifth.

According to the study, of the over 13 million tonnes of plastic and solid waste thus disposed, 80% were by the top 20 countries, which included China, Indonesia and the Philippines, at first, second and third place, respectively.

Director of the Waste Management Unit of the Environmental Pollution Control Division of the CEA, Ajith Weerasundara further added that the issue of plastic and solid waste being disposed in such a fashion was prevalent during the rainy season.

We are presently conducting discussions with the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment regarding the Megapolis, he mentioned.

“People do not dispose of such waste including polythene purposefully. The local authorities are the institutions responsible for the management of waste. Aside to solid waste, there is also hazardous waste. We have submitted proposals regarding the Megapolis project to the Ministry we come under. As is known, the problem of solid waste disposal is one which is difficult to combat,” he observed.
BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody