Navy conducts cleanup programme in view of National Environmental
[June 04 2018]
A series of environmental protection and cleanup
programmes are being conducted by the Sri Lanka Navy during the past
week. The programmes are carried out in view of the National
Environmental Week from 30th May to 05th June.
The National Environment Week has been declared to
mark the World Environment Day which falls on Tuesday (5th June).
Naval troops provided assistance to one such programme
organized by the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) to clean
the Negombo lagoon. They were joined by more than 700 Army and Air Force
personnel, state and private sector representatives, university students
and members of the local fishing community. The programme saw the
garbage and non-degradable items including plastics materials and other
debris washed up ashore and floating in the shallow water, posing a
threat to the delicate eco system of the lagoon being collected and
On Saturday (02) another group of Naval troops
undertook a mission to clean the Galle Face promenade in Colombo. The
popular leisure venue is patronized by hundreds of visitors on a daily
basis who leave behind a large amount of litter.
Naval troops under the Western Naval Command managed
to clean the beach and the adjoining areas and collect a large amount of
polythene and plastic materials which were then sent to the Navy's
polythene and plastic recycling centre in Crow Island, Mattakkuliya.
This facility makes fancy items, flower pots, fence posts, and pavement
interlocks for gardens out of these discarded materials.
The following day (03) a group of Naval troops in
collaboration with Army and Lions Club conducted a cleaning campaign in
the beach area around the Crow Island in Mattakkuliya.
In Trincomalee, Navy troops carried out another
programme to clean the Inner Harbour premises. This initiative was taken
by the Naval troops under the Eastern Naval Command together with the
Ocean Environment Protection Authority.