CEA to probe rule breakers
BY FAADHILA THASSIM
The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) is to inspect entities that disregard the ban imposed on certain single-use plastic and polythene which was in effect from 31 March.
CEA Director General, Hemantha Jayasinghe, said several manufacturing facilities have been constantly inspected to ensure that they operate in adherence to the ban, adding that investigations will be conducted on those who disregard the ban. A Gazette Extraordinary was issued by the Minister of Environment, banning the use of certain polythene and plastic packing materials for any process, trade, or industry with effect from 31 March 2021.
Thereby, the use of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) material for packing agrochemicals, sachets having less than or equal to a net volume of 20 ml/net weight of 20 g (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/clinical treatment) used for any process, trade, or industry was banned.