Alternative program to reduce sale of 750 ml plastic bottles
The Ministry of Environment is focusing on implementing an alternative program to prevent 750 ml plastic bottles from entering the environment.
The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) says banning plastic bottles is impractical.
Therefore, it proposes that consumers who purchase 750 ml plastic bottles must keep a monetary recycling deposit. Upon the return of the empty bottle, the deposit can be claimed.
Further, even bottles that have been disposed of can be collected and returned, making it possible for people to earn an extra income.
As currently proposed, the deposit is 10 rupees and the companies involved have also agreed to the proposal.
The Ministry of Environment further points out that as there is no such factory in the country that can recycle such bottles at present and attention has been focused on setting up a joint recycling factory by these plastic bottle manufacturing companies.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Environment states that another list of polythene and plastic related products has been prepared under the program implemented to reduce the use of polythene and plastics in the country and it is proposed to ban those products in the near future.
Several related products have already been banned.
The reason many of these polythene and plastic products are banned is because they are manufactured materials that have eco-friendly and easily biodegradable alternatives.