• Udeni Navoda Samarahewa Zonal Education Office-Udugama, Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka
Keywords: Waste Separation, Waste Categories, Source Separation Procedure, Disposal Methods of Separated Waste


Waste Separation (WS) is encouraged by Sri Lankan municipalities. Residents are required to separate at least wastes into two categories as bio degradable wastes and non-bio degradable wastes. The objectives of this research were to quantify and identify the number of waste types separated by the respondents, the types of wastes separated and ultimate Disposal Methods of Separated Wastes (DM-SW), in a representative peri-urban divisional secretariat. Findings will be important to restructure the Source Separation Procedure (SSP) of Local Authorities. The sample consisted of 346, grade 08 and 09 students coming from 346 households of the study area. These students were subjected to a questionnaire survey. Results show that 35% of the respondents separate wastes into 1 – 6 categories. Majority (13%) of the respondents separate two waste categories.  Altogether respondents have identified 17 Waste Categories(WC) namely Styrofoam boxes, garden wastes, tires, tin, coconut husks, animal waste, clothes, clay pots, metal, coconut shells, paper/cardboard, glass/glass bottles, food waste, kitchen waste, Polyethylene Terephthalate bottles/plastic yoghurt cups, polythene/grocery bags and plastics. The most separated waste category was polythene/grocery bags (26.6%). There were no clear demarcations with the wastes that are not separated. To dispose separated waste both environmentally friendly and harmful methods are adopted.


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How to Cite
Samarahewa, U. (2019). DISPOSAL METHODS OF SEPARATED WASTES IN PERI-URBAN HOUSEHOLD SETTINGS. A QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY IN YAKKALAMULLA DIVISIONAL SECRETARIAT, GALLE, SRI LANKA. Proceedings of Global Public Health Conference, 2(1), 52-61. https://doi.org/10.17501/26138417.2019.2106