SLLDC to scale up organic fertilizer production capacity of Kerawalapitiya waste management park
Sat, Jul 24, 2021, 12:35 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
July 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Land Development Corporation (SLLDC) has given a positive start to the Government’s policy decision on the use of organic fertilizer and has initiated a program to increase the amount of bio-organic compost produced at the Kerawalapitiya solid waste management park from 15 metric tons (MT) per day to 50 MT per day, according to the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing.
On the instructions of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and under the supervision of State Minister Mohan Priyadarshana De Silva, the Land Development Corporation of Sri Lanka manufactures the biodegradable organic fertilizer which is produced from solid waste at the landfill of the Kerawalapitiya waste management park.
The Sri Lanka Land Development Corporation is currently in the process of investing another Rs. 850 million to make improvements in the future to the Kerawalapitiya solid waste management park established at an investment of Rs. 550 million in April 2017 after the collapse of the Meethotamulla Landfill.
In line with the government’s policy decision, Colombo Commercial Fertilizer Company, which is already engaged in the production of chemical fertilizers, has also initiated a program to process organic fertilizers. According to the arrangement, the Commercial Fertilizer Company has placed an order for 4,000 metric tons of organic compost from the Kerawalapitiya solid waste management park and the facility is currently expediting the process.
The waste management park in Kerawalapitiya is set up a in a 20-acre plot of the 400 acres of land in Kerawalapitiya belonging to the Sri Lanka Land Development Corporation,
The Colombo Municipal Council is the main garbage supplier and the other garbage suppliers are the Wattala, Ja-Ela, Dompe and Attanagalla Pradeshiya Sabhas and Urban Councils.
A future plan has already been formulated to increase the capacity of bio-fertilizer produced per day so far maintained at the Kerawalapitiya plant. The Corporation is working to implement the plan under four production steps.
According to the plans prepared, a special cover zone will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 250 million to cover the waste taken for grinding from rain. Another Rs. 500 million will be spent on the completion of the basic special section.
The third step under the plan is to start making granular fertilizer at a cost of Rs. 50 million. The fourth step is to provide and upgrade a number of existing infrastructure facilities required at a cost of Rs. 50 million.
The Kerawalapitiya Garbage Project currently employs nearly 70 people.
Also, the company has all the machinery required to maintain the bio-fertilizer process without interruption. Under this one of each Long Arm, Short Arm, JCB. (Large), JCB (Small), Box Cut Machine, Window Turner, Tucker, two each of tippers, manual garbage pickers, automatic garbage pickers and three machines for separating organic compost from garbage have been installed at the yard. The yard also has 03 rollers with a size of 06 mm for the sifting of the organic compost.
The Kerawalapitiya Garbage Yard already receives 500 metric tons of garbage per day. The waste is piled up for about 6 months to decompose. A special chemical is sprayed to eliminate the odor of the garbage. The organic compost mixture is then prepared after a few steps of production. The high quality bio-fertilizer is produced in a very short period of time between 8 and 10 minutes.
The facility is operated by Sri Lanka Land Development Corporation (SLLDC) under the Ministry of Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Facilities. The Waste Park accepts only the segregated waste and degradable waste is processed to produce compost.