Destroying the Indestructible: Ban Single Use Plastic, National Conference
February 11, 2020
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.
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.