Sri Lanka’s Central Environmental Authority (CEA) announced that a ban imposed on single-use and short-term plastics would come into effect from March 31, local media reported here Monday.
The CEA said the ban applied to sachets having less than or equal to a net volume of 20 ml per net weight of 20 g except for packing food and medicines.
The ban would also come into effect on inflatable toys and cotton buds, except balloons, balls, water floating/pool toys, water sports gear, and plastic cotton buds used for medical/clinical treatment.
The use of Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) material for packing agrochemicals used for any process, trade, or industry will also be prohibited.
The CEA further said it would issue standard markers for the identification of plastics.
The government recently said it will soon introduce an internationally used coding system to identify each type of plastics, with the aim of minimising environmental pollution by facilitating the recycling of plastics.