Sri Lanka to control utilize and import of asbestos from 2018

The Cabinet of Ministers has endorsed a proposition to control the import and utilization of asbestos from January 01, 2018 and to set up an operational project to forbid the asbestos related creations by the year 2024. Asbestos is utilized for some items including material sheets, floor tiles, concrete channels, brake stack of vehicles, papers, and ropes. Since 1987 importation of blue asbestos (Crocidolite) has been disallowed as it was recognized as a cancer-causing agent by the World Health Organization (WHO), and at present a wide range of asbestos including white asbestos (Chrysotile) have been distinguished as cancer-causing agents. Around 80% of asbestos imported to Sri Lanka are utilized for material sheet generation. "In like manner, the proposition made by the President
Maithripala Sirisena, in his ability as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to control the utilization and import of asbestos from 01-01-2018 by receiving more useful substitutes and to set up an operational system to deny the asbestos related preparations by 01-01-2024 with the perspective of enhancing the soundness of open, was affirmed by the Cabinet of Ministers," the legislature said. Appropriate administration of polythene and plastic Meanwhile the Cabinet has likewise affirmed the arrangement of a Committee of Experts to set up a national strategy and an activity arrangement on the utilization of polythene, plastic and bio-degradable plastic in Sri Lanka. There is an expanded utilization of plastic and polythene related items in the general public and disgraceful use, transfer and blazing of these items have brought on numerous social, natural, wellbeing and monetary issues. Every day per capita utilization of polythene is around 0.5 kg and around five hundred thousand (500,000) tons of polythene materials are foreign made to Sri Lanka yearly, as indicated by the legislature. It said that while a few nations on the planet have totally disallowed the utilization of polythene, some have permitted to utilize chosen plastic items. "Considering the need of controlling natural effects brought about by polythene and the way that a various representatives are occupied with plastic and polythene related enterprises, the proposition made by the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his ability as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to delegate a Committee of Experts to set up a national strategy and an activity arrangement on the utilization of polythene, plastic and bio-degradable plastic in Sri Lanka, was affirmed by the Cabinet of Ministers," the discharge said.