Sept 01, Colombo: The law banning the use and production of polythene to will come into effect from today.
The government imposed the ban to restrict indiscriminate use of polythene bags at groceries and retail outlets.
Accordingly sale, importation and production of polythene grocery bags, lunch sheets and shopping bags and Rigifoam items will be banned from 1st September under the new regulation.
Also the sale, importation and production of containers, plates, cups, and spoons made using polystyrene and polythene containers used for processed or cooked meals will also come under the ban.
The offenders will be subject to a fine of not more than Rs 10,000 and/or a jail sentence of not more than two years, the Central Environment Authority said.
The Central Environment Authority encourages the Introduction and promotion of biologically degradable polythene and plastics and use of paper, cloth or reed bags for customers when purchasing items in stores.
The Authority urged the private and public sector to join forces and assist efforts to minimize the use of plastic and polythene.
The Sri Lankan government took the measure to ban or restrict the use of polythene to minimize impact of disposing such items on the environment.