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More than 600Mn plastic spoons are dumped into the environment every year

The Ministry of Environment has taken steps to dispose of a single use disposable product made of plastic and polythene in our country. All of these products are widely used products that have a strong impact on increasing environmental pollution. These include sachets, non-perishable lunch sheets, string hopper plates, plastic spoons, food containers, cotton buds with plastic hooks, garlands made of plastic and polythene, inflatable toys, plastic spoons and drinking straws and stirrings.
 
Currently, the State Ministry of Cane, Brass, Clay and Wood Industries have launched such a locally made materials promotion program. Accordingly, a discussion was held at the Ministry of Environment recently regarding the launch of a joint program between the Ministry of Environment and the State Ministry of Cane, Brass, Clay and Wood Industries.
 
Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera and State Minister of Cane, Brass, Clay and Wood Industries Prasanna Ranaweera were also present.
 
The difficulties encountered here, especially in procuring natural materials, were discussed. As an alternative to the existing relaxation of the existing rules and regulations, replanting of cane , හණ, etc. for easy access to the natural material as well as obtaining clay for the pottery industry, the Yan Oya is currently running out of clay. Attention was also drawn to the utilization of the vast clay deposit in the valley.
 
It was also decided to launch a joint program with the Ministries of Environment, Wildlife and Forest Conservation to cultivate cane in the natural forest and to use flax as an elephant fence to control wild elephant poaching.
 
The issue of registering the respective industrialists by the National Crafts Council and releasing the required solvents to them was also discussed at this meeting.
 
Commenting on the environmental damage caused by the plastic spoons that are widely used in our country at present, the Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera stated that 50 million plastic spoons are released into the environment after consuming 600 million plastic spoons per month in our country. Plastic spoons are often issued to consumers, especially for food such as yogurt and ice cream, as well as by food preparation companies. These are used only once.
 
Plastic drinking straws also release a similar amount into the environment. All of this has the potential to introduce alternative products. However, the Minister said that there is a huge environmental damage due to following for convenience.

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