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Importing plastics increased in last seven years - report

Over 3,353.9 m kg imported; Rs. 184.3 bn spent:

Sri Lanka had imported 3,353.9 million kilo grams of plastic worth Rs.184.3 billion in the seven years from 2012 to 2018, an environmental audit report, released last month noted.

Compared to 2012, importing plastics had increased by 482.6 million kilo grams in 2018. Rs 32.4 billion in 2018 has been spent on the import compared to 2012.

The National Audit Office underlined that of the total quantity of plastics imported to Sri Lanka annually, only 30 per cent is recycled properly.

Of the total quantity of plastics imported in 2018, 64 per cent had been imported as raw materials. The rest had been imported as finished goods (27 per cent), furniture (7 per cent) and toys (2 per cent).

The report was issued on January 21 by Auditor General W. P. C. Wickremaratne. The audit examination had also found that of the 100 recycling centres under the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), 26 were operating without an Environmental Protection License (EPL). The EPL of another 28 centers had been expired as at August 31, 2019.

The report added that approximately 210,000 metric tonnes of plastic and polythene are added to the environment annually.

The report observed that following the blanket ban on the sale and use of polythene bags and food wrappers, the CEA has filed cases against 250 institutions by June 2019 for violating the law. Judgments had been given for 16 institutions for the cases filed in 2018, and each of the convicted has been fined Rs. 10,000.

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