The amended and updated national policy on waste management will be addressing problems pertaining to the implementation of the cluster based approach and the polluter pay principle, the demarcation of duties and national level guidelines for the involvement of the private sector.
The Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research along with the Central Environmental Authority are presently working on preparing the said policy on waste management including the disposal of garbage accumulated within the City of Colombo and other cities elsewhere.
The Waste Management Authority (Western Province) explained that the existing policy was being reformed to specially address problematic areas such as the cluster based approach in relation to which there has been public resistance to the establishment of mass scale projects and there being no proper demarcation of duties at present. Currently, the waste management system is managed by the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, the Authority and Local Government authorities, which has in turn led to a mess being made of the waste management system.
Director of the Authority, Nalin Mannapperuma said that special emphasis would be paid to addressing the major issues such as those pertaining to the implementation of the polluter pay principle which has met with a bottleneck at present, and the absence of guidelines at a national level with regard to public-private partnerships.