Special training to be provided to members of local bodies
The Director of the Western Province Waste Management Authority Nalin Mannapperuma has said that opportunities would be made available for the members of local bodies to gain a special training on garbage management, at a proposed on-site residential programme at the Karadiyana garbage dump.
This is based on an idea of the Chief Minister Isura Devapriya, linking with the construction of Mihisaru Field Research and Training Centre at a cost of Rs 340 million in the Karadiyana garbage dump area nearing completion. The Director also said that the training of council members is to begin forthwith.
He also said that local and foreign University students and environmentalists, who are keenly interested in Garbage management, could obtain training at this site while being engaged in research work. With the rapid increase in the population daily in the Western Province, the officers and the public should be educated about eco-friendly garbage generation without it being a challenge.
He stated further that there are about 500 officers in the Western Province office who had undergone this training, but these numbers are not adequate. Training should also be given to Public Health Inspectors and other workers. Commenting on the lack of interest shown by Sri Lankans over this matter, Mannapperuma said that studies on the daily changes taking place in a garbage dump, the different types of gas that is been emanated, the development of chemicals etc. are subjects of study in countries like Japan, China, Malaysia, and Belgium, where special research centres are established for this purpose, whereas in our country it is limited to the University Lab. Therefore it is of paramount importance that a residential programme of this nature should involve every council member so as to enable them to grasp a firsthand knowledge of garbage management with a view to educating them and in the end a more efficient and productive service could be obtained from them. Earlier there had been occasions when officers of certain categories were selected by the Western Provincial Council for training abroad, and there were no avenues to provide this knowledge to the labourer who attends to the clearing of garbage, and with this Field Research Project in operation, groups of trained personnel could even be deployed for clearing of garbage.