PILGRIMAGE

WASTE MANAGEMENT INITIATIVE

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SRI LANKA HAS MANY RELIGIOUS EVENTS THAT SEE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE GATHER THROUGHOUT
THE YEAR

MILLIONS IN PLASTIC
BOTTLE WASTE IS GENERATED
FROM THESE GATHERINGS

With a lack of infrastructure and eco-education, Sri Lanka often sees thousands of carelessly discarded bottles daily in these events. This tarnishes the holy significance of our religious sites and contributes to the global plastic waste problem.

WE BUILT COLLECTION BINS
IN ALL THESE LOCATIONS

After a survey of the issue, we realized that the root of the problem stemmed from a lack of proper collection areas. Without these, even the most eco-conscious person has no place to put their waste. We fixed that by creating and maintaining collection bins at each religious site.

WASTE MANAGEMENT INITIATIVES TO
PROTECT THE NATURAL BEAUTY AND
SPIRITUALITY OF SRI LANKA

SIRI PADA (ADAM'S PEAK)
WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT

5371kg, of PET recycled in 2019

Sri Pada is the most sacred and popular Sri Lankan destination for citizens and tourists. Located within the Peak Wilderness sanctuary – which provides a large amount of endemic biodiversity – Sri Pada is the spring for many major rivers in Sri Lanka.

Project Partners: Link Natural Product Private Ltd., the Maskeliya Divisional Council, and the Nallathanniya WildLife Department.

KATARAGAMA
WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT

4275kg, of PET recycled in 2019

Kataragama is a sacred destination for Sri Lankan and Indian pilgrims, with peak season seeing thousands of travelers. It is located within an environmentally vital ecosystem including Menik River, Yala National Park, and Lunugamvehera National Park.

Project Partners: The Kataragama Soba Mithuru Youth Club, the Kataragama Divisional Council, the CEA, and Coca Cola Beverages Private Ltd.

MUNNESWARAM
WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT

903kg, of PET recycled in 2019
We started the Munneswaram project in 2019, and were able to successfully start the recycling efforts in this temple.
Project Partners: Halawatha Medical Health Officer and Coca Cola Beverages Private Ltd.

THALAWILA
WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT

3702kg, of PET recycled in 2019
Thalawila St. Anne’s Church is one of the most sacred destinations for the Christian pilgrims. It is located in the region of Kalpitiya coastal area which is an attractive beach tourist destination related to the Puttalam lagoon and Dutch bay. This region is also a habitat for ocean mammals, mangroves, coral reefs, sea grasses, resident and migrant bird species, and many more.
Project Partners: Puttalam Medical Health Office and Coca Cola Beverages Private Ltd.

OUTCOME

20 TONNES OF PLASTIC BOTTLES
RECYCLED ANNUALLY

EVEN THOUGH THE COLLECTION NETWORK TOOK TIME AND EFFORT TO
MAINTAIN, WE ARE HAPPY TO KNOW THAT OUR EFFORTS BEAR FRUIT.
OUR HOLY SITES ARE CLEANER AND THE PLASTIC WASTE IS GIVEN A SECOND
LIFE TO CONTRIBUTE FURTHER TO OUR SOCIETY.