Japan Provides Waste Collection Trucks to Galle

8th September, 2017

5 Japanese waste collection trucks were handed over to Galle Municipal Council by Mr. Koji Yagi, Deputy Head of Mission of Embassy of Japan, on 8th September 2017 in the presence of Mrs. Wasana P. Gunarathna, Municipal Commissioner of Galle Municipal Council and Ms. Kyoko Terada, General Director of the Society for Promotion of Japanese Diplomacy (SPJD).

The trucks were donated by Okayama city in Japan. Refurbishment of the vehicle, transfer to Sri Lanka and dispatch of Japanese experts to Galle for training on the maintenance of the vehicles were conducted by SPJD under Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP) assistance amounting US$ 103,487 (approx. Rs. 15 million).

3 years ago, the Galle Municipal Council received 5 compacters from Okayama City. However, recent urbanization and development of commercial activities has resulted in the sharp increase of solid waste in the Municipality, and further enhancing the capacity for waste management has been an issue. Under this situation, the Government of Japan has responded to the request and decided to donate another 5 waste collection trucks from Okayama city to the Municipal Council.

The people of Japan expect that upgraded waste management service by the trucks will contribute to enhancing clean and hygienic environment in Galle city and its suburbs.