Polythene ban from tomorrow

Published : 9:55 am  August 31, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (80) reads | 

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By Nabeela Hussain   

The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) will be the sole establishment to implement the polythene ban that is to come into force tomorrow (September 1), officials at the Authority said.   


It is learnt that the local government bodies such as the Colombo Municipality will play no part in the law which is to come into force tomorrow while the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) and the Environmental Police will play a part in enforcing the ban only when called upon by the CEA.   


Speaking to the Daily Mirror, CEA Director Ajith Weerasundara stated the Authority had sufficient man power to conduct raids and ensure the ban was in force.   
“The law will come into force when it is gazetted on September 1. Under this those who use, manufacture and sell these products are liable to a jail term of two years or a fine not less than Rs. 10,000,” he said.   


Speaking of alternative solutions, Weerasundara said companies manufacturing bio-degradable polythene will come into the market when the law was in force. “We want people to change their life styles to be more environmentally friendly,” he said.   


Meanwhile, speaking to the Daily Mirror Colombo Municipality Commissioner said they had not been informed of any measures that needed to be taken to ensure the law was implemented. Sources at the Police Department said the same while officials at the CAA stated that while they had been a part of the committee deciding on the polythene issue, they too had not been informed of any measures that needed to taken for implementation.   


President Maithripala Sirisena proposed the prohibition of sale, importation and production of lunch sheets, banning of sale, importation and production of containers, plates, cups and spoons and the prohibition of sale of processed or cooked meals packed in polythene containers.    

 

CEA will be the sole establishment to implement the polythene ban that is to come into force tomorrow