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Pen tubes and Toothbrushes : Recycling programme commences

The Government launched a programme to recycle used carbon pen tubes and toothbrushes, the President’s Media Division (PMD) announced.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is presented with a bin, specially prepared to collect used pens and toothbrushes by the project officials, Presidential Secretariat, 26 October 2020, Photo President Media Unit

The first container designed for this purpose was handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera at the Presidential Secretariat on Monday (26).

 

The programme, which is aimed at educating students, has been named “Api Hedee Rata Hadamu”.

The quantity of carbon pen tubes discarded from schools per day is around 80 kg and is estimated to exceed 29,000 kg per annum. The quantity discharged from public and private institutions is yet to be calculated.

Environmentalists point out that used pens and toothbrushes take between 100-500 years to decay.

In this regard, plans are underway to provide special containers to each school, after which Wex Industries Plastics Ltd. will purchase these plastic items, the PMD added.

Meanwhile, Amaraweera has stated that a cabinet paper will be submitted to make the implementation of the programme mandatory in both public and private entities.