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President Maithripala Sirisena told parliament today that regulations would be introduced to ban polythene from January 1, next year.

Speaking during the committee stage debate on the budget in the House in his capacity as the Minister of Environment and Mahaveli Development, the President said the gazette on this effect would be issued shortly.

Further he reminded that the ban on asbestos would come into effect by 2017.

Also, he said all MPs would be given a role to play in the formulation of a program to safeguard forests in the country. (Yohan Perera)

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  • YAMAYA Monday, 07 December 2015 07:53 PM

    Good movr, thanks for decision. We hope this will not like promises at his election

    Rambolanka Monday, 07 December 2015 08:06 PM

    When the UK started charging Rs10/- (5p) per supermarket bag, the number of bags given away dropped by 80% in just 4 weeks. VERY good move although a blanked ban can be unproductive as polythene has many uses outside of supermarket bags.

    lion Tuesday, 08 December 2015 05:26 AM

    Commendable move. just fallow UK they have levied 5 pence tax on users and it has reduced 80% of polythene usage.Please enforce this effectively without fearing to any force that will definitely come from polytine marfia to thawet this move.

    Premalal Tuesday, 08 December 2015 06:01 AM

    Putting MPs in charge of forests is like putting Foxes in charge of chicken farms.

    hari Tuesday, 08 December 2015 09:20 AM

    Thanks god, Jaffna looked a real mess during my visit in Jan 2015. Plastic and polyethylene everywhere.


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