Professor A. Pitawala, Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Science at the University of Peradeniya has stated that large quantities of Nano-scale plastic particles have been dispersed in the suburban atmosphere.
According to a recent research, a large number of Neno Plastic particles belonging to Micro Scal Plastic Deficiency have been spread in Colombo, Kandy and other major cities in the country. The professor said this participating at a media briefing held today (07) at the Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya.
"Asbestos has been banned in the past because it is harmful to the human body. But plastic could be more dangerous!," he said at a media briefing held with related to the International Conference on Environment and Statistics scheduled to be held on the 9th and 10th of this month at the University of Peradeniya.
The professor pointed out that the rapid urbanization and urbanization of human activities has resulted in the release of large quantities of plastic waste.
He said that due to the ever-changing environmental factors of Sri Lanka-a tropical country, Nano-sized plastic particles are rapidly formulating.
He said the vehicle brake liner is also made from asbestos and that the dust particles produced by it are much more harmful than roofing sheets. The professor said that action should be taken in accordance with a systematic investigation into the management of hazardous substances.
He said research institutes, including the University of Peradeniya, have been calculating and presenting data on various areas of health risk over the years, but very little attention has been paid to the authorities.
Prof. Saluka Kodituwakku, Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, and Prof. Pushpa Wijekoon, Senior Professor, Department of Computer and Statistics, University of Peradeniya also spoke during the occasion.