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
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.