The government has decided to ban the use of polythene from 1 January 2007.
All types of polythene of less than 20 microns and similar substitutes will come under this category.
The gazette notification has been issued by Environment Minister Maithripala Sirisena dated 10.10.2006. The prohibition has been made under section 23 of the Environmental Act of 1980, No. 47 amended in 1988. It will be implemented by the Central Environmental Authority.