With the aim of reducing the use of polythene and plastics, the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has taken measures to ban sachet packets of less than 20 grams made of polythene and plastic, which are not included in the category of drugs and food.
The decision was taken into effect from March 31 and five polythene and plastic products were banned.
A gazette was also issued in this regard.
A number of companies have suspended their production of sachet packets weighing less than 20 grams, however, two companies were discovered to be still producing these sachet packets avoiding the ban, revealed the CEA. One of the companies has introduced a 24 gram sachet pack so as not to exceed the 20 gram limit, the Authority pointed out.
Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed the CEA to take legal actions against the two companies. Accordingly, the CEA has decided to take legal action against the two companies in consultation with the Environment Secretary and the Legal Sector.