Five tonnes of illegal polythene detected in Panadura factory

Published : 12:01 am  February 19, 2019 | No comments so far |  | 


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By Sheain Fernandopulle   

The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) raided an illegal polythene manufacturing factory in Panadura and discovered five tonnes of banned polythene worth Rs. 2 million.   
The raid was conducted by CEA officials in collaboration with the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) and a special police unit.   

The factory, located at Mahanama Road, Panadura, had been manufacturing polythene products using High-Density Polythene (HDPE) which is a banned material.   

CEA Director of Investigation N. F. Gamage said the factory had not obtained an environmental protection licence and had broken the law enacted on September 1, 2017.   

“The factory had used machines to manufacture food wrappers and the police seized some of the samples of the illegal production. Legal action will be taken against the owner of the factory,” Mr. Gamage added.   
It is believed the illegal polythene items were to be sold to the shops in Mt. Lavinia and Pettah.   

Polythene lunch sheets, Styrofoam boxes and shopping bags have been banned since September 1, 2017.   

Raids on illegal polythene manufacturing factories commenced from January last year.