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Navy contributes to solid waste management

Navy contributes to solid waste management

[June 12 2018]

Sri Lanka Navy has initiated a number of programmes that have a far reaching effect in protecting the environment. One such ambitious project is the introduction of a new methodology for plastic recycling. This new system introduced by the Maritime Conservation and Research Unit of the Navy saw a Pre Treatment Centre for Plastic Recycling being opened in Anawasala in Kalpitiya recently.

 

This, first of its kind facility is a nonprofit making venture and has been established with the support of the MAS Holdings (Pvt) Ltd. Not only does this recycling facility help to provide a sustainable solution to solid waste management it also assists the local residents to earn an extra income by supplying plastic waste to the centre as they are offered a reasonable price. Following the initial recycling process the compressed substance is channeled to other agents who undertake further recycling.

Meanwhile, a series of beach cleaning programmes were launched by the Navy across the island to mark the World Oceans Day on 08 June. This social welfare programme was carried out in collaboration with the MAS Holdings (Pvt) Ltd.

The programme saw coastal areas in Kalpitiya, Crow Island (Colombo), Hikkaduwa, Galle, Mirissa, Hambantota, Arugambay, Batticaloa, Nilaweli, Point Pedro, Thaleimannar and Nagadeepa being cleaned of plastic and other non-degradable waste. The programme was carried out during the weekend (09 and 10).

Hundreds of naval personnel together with employees of MAS Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and state sector participants actively engaged in this progarmme and managed to collect several tons of plastic waste, glass material, polythene and other waste material that had littered the beaches posing a threat to the delicate ecology of coastal regions.

     

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