Environment Ministry to impose complete ban on lunch sheets
Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera has ordered officials to take measures to impose a complete ban on the use of all types of lunch sheets.
Minister Amaraweera pointed out that President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Environment Minister in 2016, took steps to ban lunch sheets and produce only biodegradable material.
However, no such lunch sheets were introduced by companies and Sri Lanka is the only country that uses lunch sheets at present, he noted.
Meanwhile, the Environment Ministry issuing a statement in this regard highlighted that, four major companies are producing 7- 8 tonnes of lunch sheets per month, equating to approximately 106 tonnes used annually in the country.
The Ministry further estimates the number of lunch sheets emitted daily to the environment exceed at least 10 million.
Although lunch sheets decompose in the soil within two - three years, it has been scientifically proven that the micro-plastic particles that accumulate in the soil due to lunch sheets last for more than 200 years.
The Minister further said that since gazette notifications have already been issued regarding the matter, orders to ban the use of lunch sheets can be issued without publishing a new gazette notification.