Zero Waste Project


As you all aware, in the year 2017 our school introduced numerous projects to reinvent the school premises as a “Polythene free zone” and to cover the area with trees and plants. Among them are,

•  Indigenous plant cultivation.

•  Identify and cultivate plants to attract butterflies and other non-threatening pollinators in to the school garden.

•  Cultivation of flower plants, vegetables and fruits in the school premises.

As the plant density increased, it lead to more waste accumulation in the school premises. About one tractor load of waste was produced daily in the school where more than 3000 students were studying. Meanwhile, the unfortunate disaster occurred at the “Maligakannda waste disposal area” (where the waste produced in the school was disposed) prompted the school for finding a more rational in-house waste management solution.

As the school seek for a better waste management solution, Madam Principal was informed about a Japanese method called “Takakura composting method” and a resource person named Mr. Anuradha Wijewardena, an expert on the above said method. Under the guidance of Mr. Wijewardena, the school started implementation of Takakura composting method in the school premises. The parents were invited to fund the project and with the assistance of Sri Lanka Navy, a production factory was constructed.

The required technical knowledge and skills for converting waste to compost were given to the advanced level students of Bio System Technology stream. They have been well utilizing their knowledge to maintain the quality of the process ever since. Under the inspection of Bio System Technology teacher, an employee who is paid by the school development society involves in the process of breaking down the waste in to pieces and mixing. The assessment of The Industrial Technology Institute of Sri Lanka guides to the successful production of 100% organic compost. Waste produced in the school cafeteria is also used in the production of compost. Waste produced by students is used to produce bio gas in the school premises. The school produces about 3000kg of compost annually. Half of this production is used in the school garden and the other half is prepared for selling.

The first packet of compost was presented to the Secretary of Education. Implementing a suitable in-house waste management system in your school or organization will lead to strengthen the bond between the future generations and our environment. Our school is always willing to provide you any assistance regarding the “Zero waste project”.

You are welcome to make an appointment for a site visit. At the moment, as a social welfare development project Bank of Ceylon has organized a program to introduce our “Zero waste project” to schools for year 2018. The BMICH also initiated our Zero waste program as a model project at their premises. As a request of Zonal Education office, our school organized one-day workshop to introduce the Zero Waste program for more than 200 schools in the Homagama Education Zone.

Zero Waste Project telecasted by Sri Lanka National Television