wrapped in confusion over sili sili ban
With the ban on lunch sheets, shopping and grocery bags of
less than 20 microns, in effect,consumers say they are left with
few alternatives in the market, especially for lunch sheets. The
Environment Ministry has decided to give a grace period of three
months for consumers while suitable alternatives are being looked
The ban enforced from January 1 covers the manufacture,
production and usage of thin polythene (thickness of 20 micron and
less). Director (Hazardous Waste Management) of the Central Environment
Authority (CEA), Jayawilal Fernando commenting on the grace period
said only the average consumer would be entitled to this.
“In some instances restaurants, hotels,
shops and supermarkets say they too are consumers. This is true
but this grace period is only for individual consumers as their
usage is low. But after three months the ban would be strictly enforced
on them too,” he said.
Meanwhile three teams comprising CEA officers
carried out some surprise checks in some areas to ensure that the
ban was being enforced. “On Tuesday the officers toured wholesale
shops, supermarkets and restaurants in Pettah and Battaramulla,
while on Thursday and Friday they were in Nugegoda and Maharagama,”
Mr. Fernando said.