Destroying the Indestructible: Ban Single Use Plastic, National Conference

CEJ took forward step towards their continuous effort to save the country from plastic pollution during the national conference on New waste management policy and Ban Single use plastics held on 6 th February 2020 at the Center for Banking Studies. This is a continuation of the round table discussion on Single use plastics held at Hector Kobbekaduwa agrarian research and training center 30 th January 2020. The event was accomplished with the presence of distinguished panelists including Prof Ajith De Alwis, University of Moratuwa, Mrs Sujeewa Fernando, Deputy Director of The Environment Pollution Control Division of the Ministry of Environment and Wildlife Resources, Dr. Terney Pradeep, Director General of the Marine Environment Protection Authority, Prof Ms Padmini Batuwitage, Former Secretary to the Ministry of Environment and Mr. Michael Perera, Chairman, CMC Engineering, Mr. Anura Wijethunga, President, Plastic and Polythene manufacturing Association. The conference was stirring with arguments over pros and cons of plastics. Plastic manufacturers, industries see the issue in the viewpoint of poor recycling and improper management of plastics. How ever, others see the issue as a real issue that only can be addressed through a bold step such as controlling the use/less production. New waste management policy approved by the cabinet of the ministers which realized as a result of a case filed by CEJ in 2015 was also presented to the audience during the conference.  A series of more focused discussions will be organized in the future to realize the ban on single use plastics.

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