Grace period for polythene usage ends: big fines and prison sentences for violators (VIDEO)

Grace period for polythene usage ends: big fines and prison sentences for violators (VIDEO)

Written by Lahiru Fernando

01 Jan, 2018 | 9:59 pm

The government declared a grace period for the Sri Lankan people to adjust to new laws on polythene usage.

This grace period has now ended.

From today (January 1) the Central Environmental Authority will begin raids to apprehend those who violate the new regulations on polythene products.

The CEA says that it will “strictly adhere to the law”.

Repercussions

Those who violate the new regulations in polythene manufacture will face one of the two following punishments

  • Rs. 10,000 fine
  • Two year imprisonment

Meanwhile in China…

Since the 1980’s, China has been the world’s largest waste importer. By the year 2012, 50% of the world’s plastic waste landed in China.

But now, China has introduced a new regulation which bans the import of 24 different types of waste into the country.

This move will send shock waves through the ­global, multi-billion-dollar waste disposal and ­recycling industry.

However, it is not a ‘total ban’ of waste.

The ban will only affect 24 of the dirtiest and most polluting types of waste.

Following are few examples of banned waste in China;

  • Household plastic waste
  • Unsorted paper
  • Recycled textiles
  • Slag


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