Home / News/ PM wants plastic waste recycling laws amended

PM wants plastic waste recycling laws amended


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:20


By Ashwin Hemmathagama

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pointed out in Parliament yesterday the loopholes in environmental law, which has not warranted obtaining an environmental protection permit to stock solid plastic waste for recycling purposes.

“It is not required to get the approval from the Central Environmental Authority when storing solid waste. It’s not even required to obtain an environmental protection permit. However, a business registration has to be obtained. I believe that plastic waste recycling companies should also obtain an environment protection permit. But, to operate a plastic recycling company, obtaining approvals from the CEA is mandatory,” said the Prime Minister.

According to the regulations, allowing waste water from plastic recycling plants to get mixed with the ground water table is an offence which will result in a penalty of Rs. 10,000 or imprisonment for two years. “I take this opportunity to get the CEA’s attention on solid plastic waste recycling laws, which need to be amended. In the case of some complaints of well contamination, the Government has instructed the CEA to conduct tests free of charge. In addition, the Water Board laboratories are also capable of doing these tests,” he added. 


Share This Article


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

Unless addressed, wages issue will keep troubling Bangladesh’s garment industry

Saturday, 19 January 2019

The recent week-long mass protests by garment workers in Bangladesh came to an end after an upward revision of wages for six classes of workers. But even after the upward revision, the Bangladeshi garment worker gets less than what workers in compara


Is GDP the ideal metric of the future?

Friday, 18 January 2019

In an age of stark contradictions, we live in a world where the exclusive 1% enjoy access to an abundance of wealth and resources but also a world where a billion people scarcely have enough to eat and have limited access to health and education. Whi


Evaluation of economic performance: 4 years into Yahapalana Government

Friday, 18 January 2019

The Yahapalana Government completed four years on 8 January this year. The four-year journey was a rough ride with a clear rift between the President and the UNP; the ruling party. The Government continues to face severe criticism from both inside an


Elimination of bribery and corruption

Friday, 18 January 2019

Bribery and corruption can be regarded as a malicious cancer that has penetrated into almost every strata of Sri Lankan state. It can be considered a major factor affecting Sri Lanka’s poverty, backwardness and indebtedness. Abuse of power by thos


Columnists More