Discarded plastic pollutes oceans and land - CEA | Daily News

Discarded plastic pollutes oceans and land - CEA

The main purpose of establishing a net in the Dehiwala Canal by the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) is to filter plastic debris without sending them into the ocean and it has shown positive results, Central Environmental Authority (CEA) Director N.S. Gamage said.

Director Gamage said that Establishing such a net has helped to collect a large quantity of debris, especially discarded plastic and polythene without releasing them into the ocean.

He said that in addition to measures taken by the CEA to stop ocean pollution, several other measures have also been taken to stop land environment pollution by establishing sanitary land filling sites and plastic recycling centres to protect fauna and flora.

Director Gamage quoted the `World Street Magazine’ published in 2018 and said Sri Lanka has been identified as in the fifth place among countries that marine plastic pollution is concerned. He said that even global statistics have revealed that marine bio- diversity must be protected by all countries without releasing discarded items, especially plastic and polythene debris into ceans.

“The marine pollution badly affect oceans and land animals including humans,” he said.

Director Gamage highlighted the statistics and said that about 1.3 trillion of discarded plastic are in the oceans now.

“About 127 countries, therefore, have brought regulations to control or ban plastics aiming to create the ocean plastic pollution,” he added. He also quoted the European Commission and said the global production of plastic estimated to be around 300 million tonnes per year, while plastic pollution in the marine environment alone is estimated to be around 9.5 million tonnes, with 1.5 million tonnes ending up in oceans annually.

“As a result, the global fish production is expected to be impacted by 2050,” he said.