More polythene and plastic items to be banned

Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera has issued directives to the Central Environmental Authority to fast track the process of banning products cited in the second list of proposed polythene and plastic to be removed from use.

The Ministry previously banned five types of products that contribute to environmental destruction with effect from the 31st of March.

A proposed second list of polythene and plastic products to be banned is currently being compiled.

The Ministry said most products in the list can be manufactured with environmentally friendly, biodegradable material.

The list includes shirt clips, single use plastic spoons, forks and knives, food containers, yogurt and ice cream spoons, food wrappers and single use cups and plates.

Polythene and plastic posters, notices, cut-outs and other advertising material and single use straws are also included.

Polythene and plastic bags with a capacity to hold up to 400-500ml, shopping and grocery bags, wrappers used for incense sticks, food wrappers used to minimise damages when transporting fruits and vegetables are also included in the list.

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