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End dumping of polythene into ocean - Amaraweera

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera presenting a Lion Award to Lalith Senanayake. Ministry Secretary Dr. Anil Jasinhe also participated.
Minister Mahinda Amaraweera presenting a Lion Award to Lalith Senanayake. Ministry Secretary Dr. Anil Jasinhe also participated.

We all have a responsibility to dispel the accusation made by some international organizations that Sri Lanka is the fifth country in the world to dump polythene and plastic into the ocean, says Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera said we must all systematically reduce the dumping of polythene and plastic into the ocean.

The design is made using plastic and polythene that is washed ashore from the ocean. Studies have shown that even the annual fish harvest in our country is gradually declining due to plastics and polythene, which seriously affect marine pollution. The Minister emphasized that the reason for this is micro plastics.

"I served as the Minister of Fisheries for three years. About 24,000 plastic bottles are collected daily from the ocean at the Dikkowita fishing harbour. For that, I discussed with the officials and even held a hearing. Not only that. Fishermen were even banned from carrying water in small plastic bottles when leaving multi-day fishing vessels for fishing," he said.

Lalith Senanayake who made this design has pointed out the damage caused to the environment by plastics and polythene. I am here today as the Minister of Environment in honour of his service.

The Minister said that we all have a responsibility to provide solutions to this problem of polythene and plastics.

"I see the expressions of the Lalith Senanayake in this creation as tragedy on Earth. A large number of wild elephants in our country die every year due to eating polythene," the Minister said.

Secretary to the Ministry Dr. Anil Jasinghe was also present on the occasion.