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Polythene packing products, single use sachet packets banned from March 31

Referring to the Extraordinary Gazette notification, issued by the Government under the purview of Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) yesterday assured that the ban of using PET (Poly-Ethylene-Terephthalate) and PVC (Poly-Vinyl-Chloride) material for packing agro-chemicals and also sachet packets having the capacity of 20ml ( 20g) or below will be banned from March 31.

In addition to this manufacturing cotton buds with plastic stems and inflatable toys will also be banned from this date.

Speaking to Daily News Business, CEA Deputy Director General (Waste Management), Eng. Upali Indraratna said this decision was taken following an extensive study and research done by CEA on the increasing environmental pollution in the country due to excessive use of plastic by citizens without maintaining proper waste management disposal methods.

He said in addition, the ban of pesticide in plastic bottles made of PET and PVC material will also come under the ban.

Eng. Indraratna said all these decisions had been taken by the CEA since both the soil and the water bodies in the country have faced severe damage and this situation has affected both the environment, its living beings and also the fauna and flora.

The CEA, DDG further explained that manufacturing of certain other items such as single use food wrapping papers made of Polythene and Sili-Sili bags, shopping bags, grocery bags made out of HDPE( High Density Polyethylene) were banned in September, 2017.

“Spoons of yogurt cups, straws of soft drink bottles and similar other items which are harmful to the environment will be banned in future,” he said.

Quoting statistics CEA, DDG Eng. Indraratna said more than 70 MT of Single Use Plastic waste are moving into the sea almost every day through major rivers and other minor waterways and such a situation creates problems to people who are carrying sea activities and the ocean living beings.