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LIRNEasia team leader contributes to identifying causes of garbage crisis

In 2008-10 LIRNEasia completed a research project on knowledge to innovation, that had a major focus on solid waste disposal.

Following the garbage landslide just outside Colombo a week ago, the country has been aflame in debate on solid waste management.

The PI of the solid waste project was invited to participate in a TV talk show two days ago. Her principal point was that there were too many government entities involved. Now we see the President making the same point.

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said that a tug of war between institutions was at fault for the lack of implementation of decisions made in terms of dealing with the garbage which had piled up in Meethotamulla prior to last week’s tragedy.

“It was not a funding issue but an institutional failure,” the President told a meeting with editors and media heads yesterday.

“There has been a tug of war between institutions and people managing them, ignoring the onus of implementation of decisions already made with regard to the management of garbage in Meethotamulla. Some wanted garbage piled up since there was money made per lorry entry and exit,” revealed Sirisena.

– See more at: http://www.ft.lk/article/610585/Tug-of-war-among-institutions-at-fault-for-Meethotamulla–President#sthash.DZxzTrXR.dpuf

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