Sachets, PET, PVC packs banned from March 31 | Daily News

Sachets, PET, PVC packs banned from March 31

Traders will be given a grace period to clear the remaining stocks of items made of polythene and plastic, the use of which will be prohibited from March 31 2021, Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.

According to a Gazette Extraordinary issued by the Minister on January 21, the use of several polythene and plastic packing materials has been banned from use for any process, trade or industry after March 31,2021.

This includes Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) materials used for packing agro-chemicals, sachets having less than or equal to a net volume of 20ml or net weight of 20g (except for packing food and medicines), inflatable toys (except balloons, balls, water floating/pool toys, and water sports gear) and cotton buds with plastic stems (except plastic cotton buds used for medical or clinical treatment).

These regulations cited as the National Environmental (Plastic Material Identification Standards) Regulations No.1 of 2021 have been made by the Environment Minister under Section 32 of the National Environmental Act No. 47 of 1980.

The Minister told Daily News that following the grace period to be declared, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) will conduct raids into the violation of these regulations.

He also said the manufacturers of the items of this nature already have either stopped or limited their productions in keeping with the regulations to be implemented. The manufacturers are encouraged to move towards productions of large size that provide consumers with the opportunity for multiple-use.