Sep 01, 2017

Polythene ban: here is the gazette (update)

The gazette notification with regard to the ban on polythene less than 20 microns and polythene based products was issued today (01).

The gazette notification was signed by President Maithripala Sirisena.

According to the gazette, the manufacture of food containers, plates, cups and spoons made out of expanded polystyrene has also been banned from today.

These items are also banned from being sold, displayed for sale, provided free or being used, the gazette notification specified.

update-11.50am

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Lunch sheet, polythene ban effective from today

With the aim of mitigating the environmental impact caused by the excessive use of polythene and plastic, the import, manufacture and sale of lunch sheets used extensively for wrapping lunch parcels, will be banned from today (01).

The relevant gazette notification will be issued today.

Further plastic sheets used for decorating national and political rallies, religious ceremonies and other events will also be banned, said the Central Environmental Authority.

The government is scheduled to implement 12 short term, two medium term and one long term programme to reduce the use of polythene.

As a short term measure the Government has banned the use and manufacture of polythene products of 20 microns or less. According to the gazette, the manufacture of food containers, plates, cups and spoons made out of expanded polystyrene has also been banned, including the sale of prepared food packed and sold in plastic or polythene containers or bags.

Alternatives for polythene:

Further measures will be taken to promote cloth and reed bags as an alternative to plastic bags and the use of biodegradable plastic bags.
Under this initiative, burning of plastic and polythene in open spaces is also prohibited.

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