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Environment Minister to ban polythene, plastic products from second list

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Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera today instructed the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) to take immediate action to ban polythene and plastic products from the second list, including single-use plastic items.

He said the majority of the plastic items on this list can be produced using eco-friendly materials despite the use of perishable alternatives. Therefore, the country has to face massive environmental damage due to these products using polythene and plastic.

Accordingly, polythene and plastic based products in the second list are as follows.

Shirt clips in Shirt Packs, Single use Plastic Spoons, Forks, Knives, Food containers Yogurt / Ice Cream Spoons, Food Packs and Cups, Polythene and Plastic Posters, Advertisements, cut-outs and various types of advertisements, Prohibition of single-use disposable drinking straws and stirrers, small shopping bags made of polythene and plastic up to 400-500 mm and grocery bags, products manufactured from PET and PVC Small bottles less than 400 mm.

It is also recommended that plastic sticks for incense and wicks packaging be prohibited, as well as food wrappers used to prevent fruit and vegetable crushing.

The officials of the CEA informed the Minister that steps have been taken to introduce eco-friendly alternatives for the production of all these products. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • J Kerstain Wednesday, 09 June 2021 08:34 PM

    This is really good. I hope someone will not bring a hideous reason and cancel it.

    Citizen Silva Sunday, 12 December 2021 12:15 PM

    It is good provided the decision is made on science and backed by scientific evidence. Each of these banned products needs a specific alternative and a detailed scientific paper explaining how the alternative product will be better, also what steps have been taken to provide the alternative. The primary problem is not being addressed... this is education of the public on proper use and proper disposal of plastic waste and no amount of bans is going to stop the environmental problem until the public contribute by responsible use and disposal, and government has a role to play in this by facilitating with education, segregated waste collection and recycling programs.


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