United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Sri Lanka

Mr. Chairman,
Let me congratulate you for your Chairmanship of this Session. I
thank the panelists for their elaborated presentations. My delegation
affiliates itself with the Statement made by Algeria on behalf of the
G-77 & China.
In Sri Lanka, the full responsibility for Solid Waste Management
rests on Local Authorities, under the Local Authority Act. However
after realizing the negative impacts of lacking a comprehensive
national strategy in waste management, the Cabinet of Ministers in
2008 approved the implementation of the National Policy on Solid
Waste Management.
The National Policy is based on the ?polluter pays? principle to
ensure integrated, economically feasible and environmentally sound
waste management at all administrative levels. The policy envisages
environmental accountability and social responsibility of all waste
generators, waste managers and service providers. It outlines close
involvement of individual citizens and institutions in integrated and
environmentally sound solid waste management practices. The
policy also assures maximum resource recovery with a view to
minimize waste disposal and adverse environmental impacts to
ensure well being of the people, as well as ecosystems. The policy
emphasizes the need for reducing consumption, promoting recycle
and re-using waste material.

The integrated national solid waste management program was
launched to translate this National Policy into actions. Accordingly,
a three year initial Action Plan was implemented to achieve the
short term strategic goals. To ensure effective and integrated
implementation, "the National Platform for Solid Waste
Management' was established as an apex body, which provides
overall guidance, coordination, financial and technical resource
mobilization. This project was designed to solve country?s solid
waste problems within 5 years, by adhering to reduction of waste
generation by reuse, recycling and resource recovery to the
maximum, followed by appropriate treatment, and finally the
disposal of residual waste in an environmentally sound manner.
The financial provisions for this project were allocated from the
national budget of the General Treasury and the revenues generated
from the 'Environment Conservation Levy' which was introduced in
2008 Budget.
We encourage international partnerships for knowledge sharing and
capacity building in this field.
Thank you for your attention.