Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI)

Strive towards Sustainability

The Center for Environmental initiatives (CEI) of University of Colombo is a center established with the target of achieving environmental protection and sustainable green development. The goals of the Center for Environmental Initiatives are as follows:

  • Adoption of green initiatives and becoming a green university by 2020
  • Establishment of a proper solid waste management system for the university
  • Protecting the campus environment and making the campus premises more environmentally friendly
  • Creating environmental awareness among university community and outside the university (Schools) and supporting others in green activities

In achieving the above goals the CEI is planning to organize a number of programs with the support of many public and private authorities/organizations to create environmental awareness among the university community.


An awareness video on the current waste management situation and waste generation at the University of Colombo was made to create awareness among the university community on the importance of minimizing the use of polythene on campus.


Orientation programme and student awareness sessions

Awareness sessions on environmental (including waste) management at the university, and green university concept have been conducted at the orientation programme for new students in different faculties in each year starting from 2017. The CEI frequently uses e-messages to communicate with the students, posters and banners have also been used to update students on CEI events.

Academic and non-academic awareness sessions

Initiatives on environmental management and CEI activity updates are communicated to the staff members via awareness programmes, monthly meetings and through e-messages.

Canteen and cleaning staff awareness sessions

The CEI conducts regular meetings with the cleaning and canteen staff to manage and maintain the quality of the university environment. The cleaning staff works closely with the CEI supporting the maintenance and proper functioning of the waste storage center. Canteen staff support the reduce the use of polythene use by banning the issuing and use of lunch sheets from the canteens.

General awareness

Awareness boards were placed in university premises to increase awareness on waste management practices.

School awareness programmes

Be a part of the solution, not part of the pollution”. “Trash to Treasure” – Workshop jointly organized by the Center for Environment Initiatives, Leo Club of UOC Alumni, and Leo Club of Colombo Millennium was successfully held on 13th November at Defence School, Slave Island. Read More

e-Waste collection programme

e-waste collection programme from all faculties of the University of Colombo was held on 12th June 2018 in collaboration with the Environmental Committee of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLASS).

Establishment of a waste storage center for recyclable material

This is an ongoing project with the partnership of Central Environmental Authority, Sri Lanka

Upcoming Going green projects

  • Distribution of cloth bags among community for a reasonable price to encourage the use of environmentally friendly material in place of single-use plastic bags
  • Cleaning and developing the existing wetland patch inside the university premises into an urban wetland

Waste bins distribution

The Center for Environmental Initiatives received 40 waste bins as a donation from the MAS MAS Linea Intimo (private) Ltd. in 2017 to be utilized for the University waste management programme. This helped strengthen the ties between our university and MAS.

Published a poster presentation on “Impact of university waste management practices on greenhouse gas emissions at landfill sites” at 2nd international conference on Climate change 2018


In 2017 ‘Pilisaru’ project in the Central Environmental Authority agreed to collaborate with the University of Colombo to introduce a proper waste management system for the University. As a result of this partnership in addressing a nationally important environmental problem, University of Colombo established a center called “Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI)” to address the university wide waste management problems. The Pilisaru project of the CEI provided technical and technological support in conducting a waste survey at the University of Colombo in order to identify waste generation rate and the waste types at the University. An annual waste survey has been conducted by a group of students at University of Colombo starting from the year 2017.

From the first waste survey it was found that the generation of recyclable waste occured at a higher level, and it was decided that having a waste storage center (for recyclable waste) for the University was a timely need. Understanding the value of such an initiative the CEA provided funds to establish a waste storage center for the University of Colombo. The Waste Storage Center of the University of Colombo was opened for waste storage on December 13, 2019, by the Senior Professor Chandrika N Wijeyaratne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Colombo and Eng. J.M.U. Indraratne, Deputy Director General/Waste Management of the Central Environmental Authority.

   Annual survey on waste generation 2017-2019  


Plastic PET bottles
Plastic gallons, chemical cans
Other plastic bottles and parts
PVC plastic
Yoghurt cups Please remove aluminum foil needs to be removed and cups should be washed prior to storage to avoid contamination)
Paper POC papers  (used A4 sheets, printing documents, magazines, Books) Please make sure no food item is in contact with the collected papers (i.e. no food wraps should be included)
News papers
Glass Glass bottles and Broken glass bottles
separately by colour, as indicated below:
– White
– Brown, Yellow, Red
– Green
Window and door glass White colour only
Metal Iron grade 1 Hard material (H-Bar, L-bar)
Iron grade 2 Less thickness
Low grade metals Tin and plates
Aluminum beer cans
Aluminum hard Al partition material
Aluminum Soft All other Aluminum products
Copper grade 1



Prof. Erandathie Lokupitiya
Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences


Environmental Officer

CEI Office Address
Center for Environmental Initiatives,
College House,
University of Colombo, 94,
kumaranathunga Munidasa Mawatha,
Colombo 03.
Waste Storage Center
Near the Education Faculty entrance Gate
Opening days and hours – Tuesday and Thursday from 2.00p.m to 3.00p.m

0112506802 | Ext: 7053