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The price of food packed in polythene lunch sheets at restaurants will be increased by Rs. 10 from tomorrow due to the ban of polythene usage by the Central Environment Authority (CEA), the Sri Lanka Restaurant Owners’ Association (SLROA) said today .

Its National Organizer Asela Sampath told Daily Mirror the CEA had not provided them with any viable alternatives after banning the use of a specified gauge of polythene.

“It is not possible to use paper to wrap food items. The use of polythene lunch sheets has become an essential need at present. The concerned authorities should at least provide alternatives at reasonable rates before implementing such a ban,” he added.

Mr. Sampath said they were prepared to adhere to the polythene ban if the authorities provided them with a reasonable solution and pointed out that a guarantee certificate should be issued along with these alternatives.

He said restaurants owners had to spend a huge amount to buy polythene lunch sheets which were now available in the market and it would cause a huge loss.

“Therefore, we are forced to take this decision under the prevailing circumstances,” he added. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

  Comments - 8

  • sathees Saturday, 02 September 2017 06:38 AM

    I never had a parcel like the one in the picture. Is this the canteen parcel? so what did I buy?

    Yeti Saturday, 02 September 2017 06:57 AM

    Ape badatamai gahanne!

    Reader Saturday, 02 September 2017 08:28 AM

    Before polythene came how did you pack food? City like Manila has banned polythene. Think of environmental hazard before your profits.

    Consumer Saturday, 02 September 2017 08:34 AM

    Use kehel kola! Expensive Lampraise are wrapped in kehel kola!!!!!!

    akthar Saturday, 02 September 2017 09:03 AM

    Looks like we have to learn things the Hard way. YES Proper Planning is not there. BUT Some things had to be done the hard way.

    Sonali Saturday, 02 September 2017 09:57 AM

    Pay Rs10.00 and you can bypass the law.

    Gunasekera Saturday, 02 September 2017 12:47 PM

    Another alternative is Oil Paper ( which normally use in baking in an oven). I feel this is the best option. as it is bio- degradable.

    DJ Monday, 04 September 2017 05:43 AM

    Most develped countries did not ban polythene, they made the people aware of the damage starting from School and gradually it diminished. Hiw can you do things like this overnight. Only uneducated politicians can pass laws like this

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