Plans afoot to ban 180ml bottles – Amaraweera

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 22 2021
News Plans afoot to ban 180ml bottles – Amaraweera

By Thameenah Razeek

According to the Environment Ministry, more than 105 million quarter bottles of liquor were consumed in 2018, with 100 per cent of the empties being disposed into the environment. The Ministry is taking measures to ban quarter bottles in the near  future. He said 105,532,169 bottles were disposed in 2018 and posed a huge environmental threat, a spokesman said. 

He said these bottles were not being disposed of properly, while manufacturing companies too have not found a method to collect the empties. “After I became the Minister of Environment, I received many petitions calling to ban these bottles. The petitions were mainly from environmental organisations and farmers. 

People drink liquor and dispose the empties in paddy fields. Some farmers have lost their legs as a result and are sometimes hospitalised for months. As a result I held many discussions to ban these bottles but to no avail. However, now many organisationsare calling for a ban,” Environment Minister, Mahinda Amaraweera said. 

The Minister was speaking at a tree planting programme along the Thuparama Path Road in Anuradhapura. The programme was organised by the Survey and Mines Bureau. Amaraweera said 201 million bottles of liquor were sold in 2018, of them 105 million were 180 ml bottles. “Around 52 per cent of the bottles of liquor were 180 ml bottles. However, in 2018 there was a decline compared to 2017 but only about 5 per cent are recycled,” he said.  

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 22 2021

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