Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Environmental Authority (CEA) is preparing to hand over the task to catch the arrest persons still producing and marketing banned polythene to the police, according to a local media report.
So far the raids have been carried out by the Central Environmental Authority with the assistance of the Police.
Deputy Director General Waste Management of the Central Environment Authority, Engineer Upali Indrarathna said the legal procedures needed to hand over the assignment to the police has been completed and soon an agreement will be signed with the police.
Accordingly, the police are expected to implement the environmental law in the same way as the normal traffic laws are implemented, Indrarathna said.
Over 4000 illegal polythene products manufacturing plants have been raided so far this year and over 350 have been charged, the official added.
The law banning the use and production of polythene less than 20 microns was strictly enforced from 1 February 2016.