The first container designed for recycle used carbon pen tubes and toothbrushes was handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera at the Presidential Secretariat this week.
The initiative aimed at educating students is named ‘Api Hedee Rata Hadamu’.
The quantity of carbon pen tubes discarded from schools per day is around 80 kg and is estimated to exceed 29,000 kg per annum. The quantity discharged from public and private institutions has not yet been calculated. Environmentalists point out that used pens and toothbrushes take between 100-500 years to decay.