Plastic and polythene: Four products face ban
By Thameenah Razeek
The Ministry of Environment has decided to ban and control four plastic and polythene products, that are currently causing serious damage to the environment, with effect from 1 January 2021.
Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera said a number of plastic and polythene products that are currently being produced in a manner that is highly harmful to the environment will be banned and controlled under this programme.
Amaraweera has taken this decision after several rounds of discussions with environmental organisations, stakeholders and experts in the field. Accordingly, Polyethylene (PET) and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) packaging of chemical substances or pesticides is prohibited, and alternatively, product packaging made of glass or other environment friendly raw materials can be used.
Secondly, sachets made of polythene and plastic sachets less than 20 grams are prohibited, while sachets used for food and medicine purpose are not prohibited. Optionally, packages that contain more or about 100 ml or 100 gm can be used.
Steps will also be taken to Prohibit inflatable toys made of plastic excluding balloons, balls and floating toys. Alternatively producers can manufacture toys from eco-friendly and hygienic ingredients.
The Minister said that in order to promote the recycling of all plastic products, it has been decided to make it mandatory to refer to an internationally recommended plastic identification code numbered 1-7.