Volume No. 4 Issue No.: 4 Page No.: 900-910 April-June 2010

 

APPLICABILITY OF COMPOSTING FOR MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IN SRI LANKA

 

Nilanthi J.G.J. Bandara

Department of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Colombo, (SRI LANKA)

 

Received on : September 15, 2009

 

ABSTRACT

 

Solid waste disposal has been identified as one of the main environmental issues in Sri Lanka. It has given rise to many severe environmental problems. As a solution integrated waste management had been promoted in the country to a significant extent. However, its adoption has not been successful. This paper reviews the solid waste scenario in the country and analyses the applicability of composting as a solid waste management option for the country. Review of published past studies and results of case studies show that a significant proportion of the solid waste generated in the country is of bio-degradable organic material. Detailed waste profile case studies conducted in 2 different areas of the country show that the average percentage of organic waste generated at household level is very high (80-90%). However, records show that the organic content of combined waste collected by municipalities tend to be much lower ranging from about 55

 

Keywords : Municipal solid waste, Compost, Organic waste, Biodegradable, Participation

 

 

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