Sri Lanka recyclers facing waste plastic shortages: Minister
ECONOMYNEXT – Companies that were set up to recycle plastic in Sri Lanka now facing shortages of waste to run their factories to capacity, Environment and Mahaweli Development Minister Ajith Manapperuma said.
"Plastic recycling companies are facing shortages," Manapperuma told a forum in Colombo. "I see bottles by the roadside sometimes but recyclers don’t have enough."
Manapperuma said better methods of collection needed to be set up.
He waved cloth bag, which he said was made by the material produced by one plastic recycling company at a meeting of divisional secretaries fro around the country.
"This company also does not have enough waste plastic."
In the Gampaha district, which he represented, collection centres have been set up with so-called ‘economic development officers’ which paid money for water material.
PET bottles in particular are in high demand by recyclers.
Sri Lanka’s finance ministry is setting green clubs at divisional secretary level around the country, in a bid to promote eco-friendly activities. (Colombo/July09/2019)