Ballpoint pens and toothbrushes to be recycled
By Thameenah Razeek
The Ministry of Environment signed a Memorandum of Understanding with two private companies for the recycling of discarded ballpoint pens and toothbrushes.
Two private companies inked an agreement with the Ministry of Environment to support the recycling of discarded toothbrushes and empty ballpoint pens. The agreement was signed by Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera and Representatives from the two companies.
Amaraweera said that according to the sales statistics, toothbrush sales have increased by about 10 per cent every year over the past decade and it has been confirmed that it will take about a century to decay.
Therefore, the Ministry of Environment has taken steps to introduce the special container for disposing of discarded toothbrushes and carbon pens. The two companies offer to buy discarded toothbrushes and carbon pens for recycling.
Addressing the Media Amaraweera noted that, this programme will be implemented over the next five years as a sustainable environmental project in line with President’s Vision for Prosperity adding that such a container could be maintained by all public and private institutions. A Cabinet Paper would be submitted to make it mandatory to maintain such a container. The pens and toothbrushes container will be symbolically handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (26) at the Presidential Secretariat.