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Improve Solid Waste Management in Tsunami Affected Sri Lanka

WASTE assisted the Central Environment Authority (CEA) for short term Tsunami relief in Sri Lanka in the Ampara and Hambantota districts, providing solutions for short and middle term measures for debris and solid waste management.

What we do

The scale of the Tsunami disaster made Sri Lanka call for international assistance. The international community has responded positively and offered a considerable amount of funds and assistance. Dutch offers of assistance related to solid waste management were addressed to the Central Environment Authority (CEA). The CEA, through an earlier association, routed them through to WASTE.

Contribution of WASTE and its partners in assisting the CEA for short term Tsunami relief was requested because of our well-thought of strategy and link with medium and longer term solutions for debris and solid waste management using the integrated sustainable waste management methodology (ISWM). Amongst others guidelines for Debris Management in the Tsunami Affected Areas were issued. At the end of the project (June 2005) a proposal was prepared for longer term assistance.

How we do it

In the first phase we provided the following services:

  • Rapid assessment of post-Tsunami solid waste needs
  • Coordination of solid waste assistance offered to the Central Environment Authority
  • Identification of potential partners from private sector, national and international CBOs and NGOs
  • Preparation of a practical plan of action to tackle identified solid waste needs
  • Implementation of a master composter programme in Hambantota and Ampara districts to offer household waste self-management options to 5,000 households
  • Implementation of innovative technologies for health care waste

This resulted in a project proposal on rapid implementation of community based short and middle term measures to improve the functioning of solid waste management in Tsunami affected areas of Ampara and Hambantota districts.

After approval by CORDAID in March 2006 the project team arranged interventions in the following thematic areas:

  • Health care solid waste management (Report series 1);
  • Faecal sludge management (Report series 2);
  • Master Composting (Report series 3);
  • Solid waste management: Policy and Strategy (Report series 4);
  • Health care liquid waste management (Report series 5);
  • Plastic recycling (Report series 6), and
  • Debris management (Report series 7).