Request to produce 24g sachet packets rejected

Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera has rejected a request made by a multinational company to produce 24g sachet packets.

The Ministry of Environment said the request was made during a discussion between the subject Minister and senior officials of the relevant company.

The Environment Ministry banned five polythene and plastic related products from the 31st of March, in line with the programme implemented by the government to minimise the use of polythene and plastic in Sri Lanka.

Accordingly the production of sachet packets less than 20g was also banned, as it largely contributes to environmental pollution in the country.

The Environment Minister has issued directives to the Central Environmental Authority to take legal action against a multinational company which manufactured sachet packets, disregarding the ban.

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