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Nestlé’s plastic monster spews pollution at company’s U.S. headquarters

Nestlé’s plastic monster spews pollution at company’s U.S. headquarters

Washington, DC – Greenpeace activists joined a 15-foot tall monster in a visit to Nestlé’s U.S. headquarters in Arlington, VA today (link to be updated with photo and video), delivering Nestlé plastic pollution gathered from streets, rivers, and beaches across the country and demanding that Nestlé take responsibility for the over 1.5 million metric tons of single-use plastic it produces annually. The delivery was part of a global day of action against the company, which includes activities in Switzerland, Slovenia, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Canada, and the Philippines.

“It’s time for Nestlé to end its reliance on single-use plastics and move toward systems of reuse,” said Greenpeace Plastics Campaigner Kate Melges, who helped return the plastics to the company. “Nestlé has created a monster by producing endless quantities of throwaway plastics that persist in our environment for lifetimes. It’s time for the company to own its mess and stop pushing false solutions that will never solve this crisis.”

At Nestlé’s U.S. headquarters, activists arrived at the building alongside the monster, and asked to speak with a company representative. The monster then repeatedly spewed Nestlé plastic pollution gathered from across the country. Activists left the building, leaving behind the plastic pollution for the company to take responsibility for.

Nestlé has started to acknowledge the impact of its throwaway plastics in recent months, but has failed to act with the urgency or ambition needed to address its role in the global plastic pollution crisis. Nestlé was named one of the worst three plastic polluters following 239 cleanups and brand audits in 42 countries last October. The company was also named the worst plastic polluter following 2017 and 2019waste and brand audits in the Philippines. Nestlé sells non-recyclable sachets throughout Southeast Asia that frequently end up polluting waterways and our oceans.

Earlier in the day, activists accompanied a 65-foot long and 20-foot high monster to Nestlé headquarters in Switzerland, demanding accountability for its global plastic pollution. The action in Switzerland followed a 7-week long Greenpeace ship tour from the Philippines to Unilever headquarters in the Netherlands, and then on to Nestlé. The tour has called attention to the impacts of companies like Unilever and Nestlé’s plastic pollution, particularly to communities in the Global South.

“The consequences of Nestlé’s heavy reliance on sachets and single-use plastic packaging, especially in the Global South, can no longer be denied,” said Von Hernandez, global coordinator of the Break Free From Plastic movement. “It is unconscionable for a multibillion dollar company to be shifting the burden of what is essentially unmanageable waste to developing countries, and then argue that they are trying to help the poor. We never asked for this pollution, and we never wanted to see our oceans ravaged by throwaway plastic. We want Nestlé to be accountable and clean up its act by reducing its plastic footprint and investing in alternative delivery systems immediately.”

Greenpeace activists joined a 15-foot tall monster in a visit to Nestlé’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia delivering Nestlé plastic pollution gathered from streets, rivers, and beaches across the country and demanding that Nestlé take responsibility for the over 1.5 million metric tons of single-use plastic it produces annually. “It’s time for Nestlé to end its reliance on single-use plastics and move toward systems of reuse,” said Greenpeace Plastics Campaigner Kate Melges, who helped return the plastics to the company. “Nestlé has created a monster by producing endless quantities of throwaway plastics that persist in our environment for lifetimes. It’s time for the company to own its mess and stop pushing false solutions that will never solve this crisis.

Last week, activists interrupted the company’s AGM by confronting executives with plastics found polluting the world’s oceans. Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan urged Nestlé executives and shareholders at the AGM to show true leadership to solve the plastic pollution crisis, stating:

“People can see with their own eyes the damage plastic pollution is doing to our oceans, waterways and communities. We’ve all witnessed the way plastic is contaminating our precious biodiversity and are only just beginning to understand how it is impacting us … It’s time for Nestlé to really take some responsibility for the magnitude of its contribution to the problem: it must be transparent and put forward a concrete action plan, with ambitious timelines, on how to reduce the production of throwaway packaging and invest in truly sustainable refill and reuse delivery systems.”

Additional information about Nestlé’s plastic pollution footprint can be found here: https://www.greenpeace.ch/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Nestle%CC%81-A-giant-plastic-problem.pdf

Photos from the action at Nestlé’s U.S. headquarters are available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/greenpeaceusa09/sets/72157708181133464

Additional photo and b-roll footage will be available here later today: https://www.media.greenpeace.org/shoot/27MZIFJWZW23G

Photo and video from actions on Nestlé around the globe are available here: https://media.greenpeace.org/collection/27MZIFJWG2RA3

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Contacts:

Perry Wheeler, Greenpeace USA Senior Communications Specialist, +1 301 675 8766

For interviews on the ground in Virginia: Myriam Fallon, +1 708 546 9001

 

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Green groups to Nestlé: “Own up, pay up, clean up your act!”

Green groups to Nestlé: “Own up, pay up, clean up your act!”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MANILA, Philippines (April 10, 2019) A day before Nestlé’s Annual General Meeting, over a hundred activists belonging to the global #breakfreefromplastic movement trooped to Nestlé’s Philippine headquarters today to demand accountability for their role in abetting the country’s  plastic pollution crisis.

Accompanied by four higantes (giant mascots) carrying a serpent-like plastic monster, the groups delivered a demand letter and “invoice from the Filipino people” outlining the costs of Nestlé’s single-use plastic packaging to human health impacts, environmental pollution, death of wildlife, damage to livelihoods and businesses, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste management costs.

“For the longest time, companies like Nestlé have been passing  on the costs and impacts of their plastic pollution to our people, communities, and environment. Their continuing reliance on single-use plastics for packaging their products has brought on terrible consequences  for nature, marked by polluted beaches and suffering wildlife, not to mention potentially serious effects on our health,” said Sonia Mendoza, Chair of Mother Earth Foundation.

The Philippines, along with other Southeast Asian countries, are reeling from the impacts of plastic pollution brought about by the influx of products wrapped in sachets or smaller plastic packaging aimed at reaching lower income brackets in developing countries. However, communities and governments often bear the brunt of managing the disposal of these plastic packaging while multinational corporations’ continued production and use of single-use plastic packaging have been escaping scrutiny and accountability.

In brand audits conducted in coastal areas, as well as in cities and municipalities throughout the country, Nestlé’s throwaway plastic packaging outnumbered the amount of packaging from other manufacturers. In a five-year household waste assessment and brand audits conducted in seven cities and municipalities by MEF, Nestlé was found to be the top household plastic polluter, with Nestlé-branded packaging trash accounting  for almost 15% of the total branded residual waste audited.

Further, waste and brand audits conducted in six Philippine and Indonesian hospitals in 2018 also found Nestle (along with Monde Nissin and Danone) as one of the top three biggest single-use plastic waste producers. Finally, in September 2017, #breakfreefromplastic member organizations in the Philippines conducted an unprecedented  eight-day coastal cleanup, waste and brand audit on Freedom Island, a critical habitat for migratory birds off Manila Bay. The audit identified the top brands found to be polluting the island. Multinational corporations like Nestle led the top corporate plastic polluters ranking.

“It is totally unjust that Nestlé is passing the burden for managing what is essentially an unmanageable waste problem on our  local governments and citizens. Why should taxpayers assume the pollution legacy of a multi-billion dollar company? Our government should start charging Nestlé and similar companies for their share of our waste management costs. Our taxes should be used to support educational, health and other social services for Filipinos, and not to cover up the pollution footprint of multinational companies,” said Aileen Lucero, National Coordinator of the Ecowaste Coalition.

In a briefing paper released today, the groups have estimated that  the cost for the management of residual wastes (which is mostly single-use plastics) is around PHP 5.8 to 7.2 million per day, or around PHP 2.1 to 2.6 billion per year.

“Corporations like Nestlé must redesign their production and start investing in alternative packaging materials and delivery systems that are ecologically sustainable for the people and the planet. We also want to see clear targets and timelines from the company on how they intend to reduce their plastic footprint. It is lamentable that instead of prioritizing reduction measures, the company is still fixated in promoting false and controversial solutions like chemical recycling and pyrolysis to respond to this crisis. The time for greenwashing is over, Nestlé, it’s time to clean up your act!” added Beau Baconguis, Regional Plastics Campaigner of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives and Asia-Pacific coordinator of #breakfreefromplastic.

“We are here today because we have had enough. Nestlé claims to care about its plastic pollution, but has actually continued to increase its reliance on throwaway plastics. In 2018, the company produced 1.7 million metric tons of plastic packaging, which is a 13 percent increase from the 1.5 million metric tons they produced in 2017. While they claim to be taking this crisis seriously, their actions are not backing that up. As a major contributor to plastic pollution, Nestlé must take immediate action to reduce its production of throwaway packaging and invest in refill and reuse delivery systems for the sake of our planet,” added Abigail Aguilar, Greenpeace Campaigner.

Notes to the Editors:

Last year, brand audits led by Break Free From Plastic member organizations in 42 countries, found Nestlé as the third most frequent multinational brand collected in cleanups.

In the Philippines, the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) estimated that waste generation in the country in 2016 is at 40,000 tons per day (tpd). If we assume that all this goes to landfill, the cost for managing this waste is around PHP 32 million to 40 million daily. The NSWMC data cites that residuals comprise 18% of waste generated.

Contact:

Jed Alegado, Communications Officer for Asia Pacific, Break Free from Plastic

jed@breakfreefromplastic.org | +63 917 607 0248

Sonia Astudillo, Communications Officer, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives Asia Pacific

sonia@no-burn.org | +63 917 596 9286

About BFFP –  #breakfreefromplastic is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Since its launch in September 2016, over 1,400 non-governmental organizations from across the world have joined the movement to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics and to push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. These organizations share the common values of environmental protection and social justice, which guide their work at the community level and represent a global, unified vision. www.breakfreefromplastic.org.

 

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An Incomplete Law, but Good First Step in New York for Plastic Bag Pollution

An Incomplete Law, but Good First Step in New York for Plastic Bag Pollution

After Surfrider chapters in New York have been advocating for a single-use plastic bag ban for years, the Governor is finally showing that the state will act on plastic pollution. The New York State annual budget passed this week, which included legislation banning the use of thin film plastic bags in the state. The ban will go into effect on March 1, 2020.

The legislation bans New York stores from using plastic bags, except bags for restaurant orders, deli or meat counter products, bulk items, newspapers, dry cleaner garments and waste management.

This is a great first step towards reducing plastic bag litter in New York, but the legislation does have a serious flaw, it does nothing to incentivize reusable bags. As we have learned from the success of California’s statewide bag ban, it is imperative that a ban on plastic bags also include a fee on paper and reusable bags at checkout to ensure that the use of paper bags does not skyrocket.  Though paper bags are biodegradable in the natural environment and do not cause the same damages as plastic, they also have an environmental footprint including the energy and water needed to produce them.

Surfrider has seen legislation like this backfire in other parts of the country, as consumers simply switch to using paper bags instead of plastic. For example, after the passage of a plastic bag ban in the city of Portland, paper bag usage increased 491%In contrast, a survey of grocery stores during a six month period before and after the California statewide bag ban demonstrated a 61 percent reduction in the number of paper bags provided to customers. This results of this study also found that in 86 percent of transactions, no bag was purchased after the bill went into effect.

Surfrider strongly recommended that the legislation in New York include a fee on paper bags to incentivize the use of reusable bags. As Surfrider’s Plastic Bag Ban Activist Toolkit demonstrates, this is clearly the most successful type of bag law in terms of reducing plastic pollution and minimizing the environmental impacts of other single-use alternatives such as paper.

Speaking to the flaw in the legislation, Surfrider Foundation Legal Director Angela Howe said, “While we applaud the intention of this bill to reduce single-use plastics, it unfairly puts the burden on municipalities to make it a complete and satisfactory bag regulation.”

The silver lining is that the New York bag legislation includes a pathway for local governments like counties and cities to pass their own legislation, adding a fee on paper bags to the plastic bag ban language.

Surfrider chapters and volunteers will keep up the pressure to make those changes at the county level. So stay tuned, the fight is not over in New York to ensure no more plastic bags enter our ocean and plague our beaches!

Article originally posted in Surfrider.

 

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Nearly Half of Starbucks Shareholders Support As You Sow Proposal on Reusable Drinking Containers and Recycling Goals

Nearly Half of Starbucks Shareholders Support As You Sow Proposal on Reusable Drinking Containers and Recycling Goals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: Stefanie Spear, sspear@asyousow.org, 216-387-1609

Oakland, CA—March 27, 2019—Nearly half of Starbucks’ shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting last week supported an As You Sow resolution to develop aggressive plans to meet packaging reuse and recycling goals. The 44.5% vote in favor represents $21 billion of investor support, far exceeding a similar vote last year that received 29% support. It is the largest shareholder vote result in recent years on packaging and recycling issues.

The proposal asked the company to reinvigorate a previous commitment to serve 25% of beverages in reusable mugs, and to extend plans to recycle cups and other packaging in North American stores and parts of Western Europe to all locations globally.

Following last year’s vote, the company agreed to spend $10 million on an initiative to make its cups more recyclable and to ban plastic straws by 2020.

“This vote is especially striking as it is much higher than last year, even following actions taken on recyclable cups and banning plastic straws,” Conrad MacKerron, senior vice president, said. “The clear message from a near majority of shareholders is that the company’s actions to date weren’t enough, lag competitors, and do not present a comprehensive sustainable packaging policy.”

The vote comes as plastic pollution on land and water has risen dramatically in prominence as an environmental issue as new studies show far higher rates of plastic — about 8 million tons annually — ending up in oceans than previously believed. Without significant mitigation, by 2050 plastic could exceed fish by weight in oceans. Last year, the European Parliament voted to ban single use plastics items like straws, cups and plates. Starbucks now serves as many drinks in plastic cups as paper cups.

In 2008, Starbucks pledged that by 2015, it would serve 25% of beverages in reusable containers like ceramic mugs. Ten years later, less than 2% of beverages are served in reusable cups. The company also agreed to recycle all cups in North American stores by 2015. Today about 60% of North American stores have a recycling bin, but the company is not willing to disclose what percent of paper or plastic cups are actually recovered. It has no recycling commitments for stores in Asia where it has its fastest growth, opening a story in China every 15 hours.

Starbucks clearly lags competitors. McDonald’s Corp., retail premium coffee competitor with its growing McCafé coffee house style locations, made an industry-leading commitment last year to recycle all on-site packaging at all its locations globally by 2025. Starbucks has 3,300 locations in China alone with no recycling program.

The company continues to do piecemeal packaging sustainability efforts rather than develop a comprehensive policy. For example:

  • It has no recycled content in its Ethos® brand PET plastic water bottles, while many other major leading brands have long used recycled content.
  • No actions have been taken to encourage recycling of millions of paper cups provided to other quick service brands via its Seattle’s Best Coffee subsidiary used at 30,000 fast food locations.
  • It has no recovery goals for plastic, glass, and metal containers of Starbucks fast-growing ready-to-drink beverages sold in grocery and convenience stores.

For more information on As You Sow’s work on ocean plastics, click here.

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Cebu: On the road to a plastic free future

Cebu: On the road to a plastic free future

Cebu is a major tourist destination in the Philippines. From January to June 2018, domestic and international tourist arrivals were recorded at 3.87 million and 1.89 million, respectively. With the influx of tourist comes the increase in consumption and, consequently, increase in waste generation particularly plastics. In 2017, the Provincial government allocated 40 million pesos for solid waste management. Meanwhile, Cebu City estimated a waste disposal cost of about PHP 300 million in 2017.

Recognizing the plastic waste problem, the Provincial Tourism and Environment and Natural Resources offices of Cebu partnered with Greenpeace for the Cebu leg of the Ship It Back Rainbow Warrior tour this March. The ship’s arrival was welcomed by the Cebuanos with a festive Sinulog dance and paddlers carrying a banner with the message, “Stop Single-Use Plastics.”

A few days prior to the arrival of the ship, the Cebu City Environment office organized a cleanup in 5 areas of the Lahug River. Greenpeace and Break Free From Plastic joined the activity, taking random sacks of waste from 3 of 5 stations to identify corporate polluters. The results were consistent with brand audits from the last two years with the biggest names in food, personal care and household cleaning products as the top corporate culprits with Unilever taking the lead at 17.79%, Procter & Gamble – 16.52%, Nestle – 11.53%, Universal Robina Corp. – 9.33%, Monde Nissin and Liwayway Marketing Corp. tied at 5th place with 7.46%. At 6th place was detergent brand, Gentle Supreme – 6.80%, followed by Prifood – 4.86%, MY San – 3.40%, Rebisco and JBC Food Corp. tied at 9th place with 2.20%, and PT Mayora Indah TBK of popular coffee brand, Kopiko at 2.00%.

A little boy helps identify brands

A little boy helps identify brands.

Representatives from the province and from Cebu City highlighted initiatives to curb plastic pollution. The Cebu City government, for example, bans the use of single-use plastics including bags, straws, cutlery, plates and other plastic utensils within the City Hall. In addition, the City enforces a ban on plastic bags every Wednesday and Saturday. A city ordinance is waiting to pass into law that would eventually ban plastic bags and other single-use plastics including cutlery, straw, and other utensils with a few exceptions.

Waiting for the Rainbow Warrior to dock.

At the arrival press conference of the Rainbow Warrior, The Cebu Provincial government issued a declaration for a plastic-free Cebu whereby it would be “adopting laws, ordinances and practices that do away with wasteful and polluting single-use plastic” and committing to promote and encourage the “implementation of zero-waste practices in households and workplaces, and supporting businesses that do the same.”

This is great news for Cebu if they can get the ordinances off the ground and establish systems that would encourage the shift to reusables, other alternative packaging materials and delivery systems. They should also be able to exert pressure on corporations to redesign products and packaging so that the need for single-use disposables is eliminated.

If their ambition is become a Zero Waste Province, then it should also reconsider its plan to invest in waste-burning technologies and other incinerators such as the Aquilini Mactan Renewable Energy, Inc. facility in the Cebu Light Industrial Park, Lapu Lapu City. This facility is a thermal oxidizer that allegedly processes 75 tons of garbage per day. Also, in January this year, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) received proposals for review of investments in “waste-to-energy” facilities, which are clearly burn technologies described as “furnaces” in interviews of some city officials.

Beau Baconguis and Capt. Pete Willcox.

Touring the campuses to talk about plastic pollution with Capt. Pete Willcox.

There are hopes for this tourism province to become a Zero Waste Province. They are already moving in the right direction with bans on plastic bags and other single-use disposables. They can do more by rejecting the sachet culture forced upon their people by corporations as well as the magic machines peddled by industry to deal with the waste.

Beau Baconguis is the Plastics Campaigner for GAIA Asia Pacific and the Regional Coordinator for Break Free From Plastic in Asia Pacific. 

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Appeal to ban SINGLE USE PLASTICS in Sri Lanka

Appeal to ban SINGLE USE PLASTICS in Sri Lanka

March 7, 2019

Hon. President Maithripala Sirisena, Presidential Secretariat, Colombo Sri Lanka
Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, Prime Minister’s Office
Hon. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Parliament of Sri Lanka
Hon. Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Finance
cc. Hon Parliamentary members

Dear Excellencies,

Appeal to ban SINGLE USE PLASTICS in Sri Lanka

As you are aware SINGLE USE PLASTICS has become a major threat to people, environment and all life forms. Sri
Lankan soil, coast line, rivers, wetlands, lakes and other ecosystems have already become the dumping ground and
polluted due to plastic material and microplastics. It was recently reported that 60,000 Sq Km of the Bay of Bengal
has now become a dead zone due to plastics.

The killing of the ocean will have much negative impacts on the fisher communities around the country. We are losing
tourism due to the dirty beaches around the country. According to the 2010 data Ari Lanka is among the five counties that
badly dealt with plastics. Sri Lanka still remain in the list of countries that release plastics into the ocean.
Scientist have found fish and human body already has microplastics which will have serious health impacts
unidentified so far.

We also know that plastics have become a serious impact on the wildlife due to the mismanagement of garbage and
the contents of the garbage. Wild elephants, Spotted Deer, Samba Deer, Wild boar, Cattle, dogs and many other wild
and domesticated animals are in great danger.
Plastics also become the breeding grounds for mosquitos and increasing the risk of Dengi and other vector borne
diseases.

Burning plastics, especially PVC emits very toxic fumes including Dioxins and Furans which are responsible for many
lung diseases and Cancer. There is no safe methods of burning plastics in Cement Kilns, Incineration or in waste to
Energy plants around the world. The experts who propose such solutions don’t know the full picture of the danger.
We understand that the temporary solutions such as using plastic for the road construction, eco bricks etc. continue
to increase microplastic in the environment, and do not bring any solution to this problem. It is very clear that there
is no 100% effective recycling industry worldwide for plastics.

According to the United Nations Environmental Programme and many other scientists Only nine per cent (9%) of the
nine (9) billion tonnes of plastic the world has ever produced has been recycled. Most ends up in landfills, dumps or
in the environment. If current consumption patterns and waste management practices continue, then by 2050 there
will be around 12 billion tonnes of plastic litter in landfills and the environment.

It is a known fact that Packaging industry is responsible for 90 % of the single use plastics 50% of the total plastics
around the world and in Sri Lanka.

Most plastics do not biodegrade. Instead, they slowly break down into smaller fragments known as microplastics.
Studies suggest that plastic bags and containers made of expanded polystyrene foam (commonly referred to as
“Styrofoam”) can take up to thousands of years to decompose, contaminating soil and water.

The most common single-use plastics found in the environment are, in order of magnitude, cigarette butts, plastic
drinking bottles, plastic bottle caps, food wrappers, plastic grocery bags, plastic lids, straws and stirrers, other types
of plastic bags, and foam take-away containers. These are the waste products of a throwaway culture that treats
plastic as a disposable material rather than a valuable resource to be harnessed.

I have served as a member of the technical committee appointed by your government to bring regulations to
mitigate plastics in 2017. However, it has been ineffective and inadequate in many ways. Your initiative as then
Minister of Environment to ban plastic bags less than 20 microns in 2007 was not effectively enforced. It is not
adequate to resolve this crisis anymore.

Understanding that there is a global crisis related to plastics with no scientific or political solutions exists Centre for
Environmental Justice believe that Sri Lanka need to take a more appropriate solution. Since plastic pollution in Sri
Lanka do not have a local solution or a single solution, Sri Lanka need to implement very stricter approach based on
avoid, minimize, mitigate approach and the polluter pays principle.

Therefore, we propose immediate ban of single use plastics including plastic bags, lunch sheets, sachet packets,
biscuit wrappers, plastic strew, cutlery, yoghurt cups, cotton buds and use of plastic bottle in the water and
beverage industry etc.

Plastic bottles (PET Bottles) an lids use in the water and soft drink/beverage industry such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola,
Elephant house, American water and many other similar companies is a greater challenge to resolve the plastic crisis.
The data shows that year 2012 huge number of plastic stoppers, lids and caps have imported to Sri Lanka. These
companies are well known for charging heavy cost for the plastic bottles which is very cheap for production. They
have promised to use that money for the recycling of the bottles which never happened in the past 2 decades.
These bottles can be easily transferred to glass bottles which was the case before. Therefore, we believe that use of
plastic bottles in the water and beverage industry should be banned immediately.

The small plastic packets of shampoo, toothpaste, washing powders, Samahan, herbal medicines, also known as Sachet
packet and small packets of peanuts etc., has identified as one of the greatest challenges to solve the plastic pollution.
We also understood that biscuits wrappers of the Manchee, Maliban and others have become a big part of the
plastic pollution. They are even found in the places such as Horton Plains, Sri Pada etc. Therefore, CEJ believe that all
Sachet packets and plastic biscuits wrapper should be completely banned immediately.

Plastics toys have also become a serious plastic polluter in Sri Lanka. They are also contaminated with heavy metals
such as lead. Such companies and importers should make accountable for cleaning their plastic waste.
Based on the polluter pays principle the packaging industries should develop a mechanism to collect all their plastic
material and recycle them in an environmentally sound socially responsible manner.

It’s very urgent to revisit the ban imposed in September 2017 and correct the regulatory measures adopted and
build a proper implementation mechanism to impose the regulation.

Meanwhile we believe there are sustainable options for the packaging industry based on the natural material, which
are not going to develop without providing a reasonable space in the market.

It is now understood that, even bioplastics derived from renewable sources (such as corn starch, cassava roots, or
sugarcane) or from bacterial fermentation of sugar or lipids (PHA) do not decay do not automatically degrade in the
environment and especially not in the ocean. Therefore, Sri Lanka should not encourage such bioplastics.

Extended Producer Responsibility is such mechanism accepted worldwide. Such process is widely in operation in
other countries by the Transnational corporations operate in Sri Lanka and they should have equal treatment for Sri
Lankan environment and people too.

It is highly unacceptable that the green washing of these companies under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
initiatives and such other programmes. It is highly unacceptable to mislead and misdefine Extended Producer
Responsibility for the corporate interest. Consumer Affairs Authority and the Central Environmental Authority
should be accountable for directing the Industries and the corporation towards this process.

There should be an ongoing dialogue to advocate the new approaches and introduction of a suitable model of
Extended Producer Responsibility as a nationally important action for Sri Lanka. The relevant national agencies,
Ministries, corporations, Police, CSOs and people should build a partnership to find a sustainable solution for the
plastic pollution in the country.

There should be a nationwide awareness to educate people around the country to change their attitude on plastics.
We believe that all media should play a role in educating people and change the attitude on the plastics on pro bono
basis.

CEJ believe that Sri Lanka should play a critical role to manage plastics as part of the global effort to manage
increasing plastic crisis in the world. It is also important to completely ban importation of plastic waste for Waste to
Energy plants, landfilling or reuse.

Sri Lanka government should support the international efforts to bring plastic waste under Basal convention so that
it will be treated as a hazardous waste and handle with care.

CEJ believes discouraging overproduction, banning single use plastics, bring legislations to regulate plastic
production and usage, look for alternatives to the plastics and get public support through awareness is the way
forward to minimize the plastic pollution in Sri Lanka and around the world.

Centre for Environmental Justice expect your leadership to resolve this great threat to Sri Lanka and save our land
and marine environment from plastics.

Sincerely yours,

Hemantha Withanage
Executive Director

cc.
1. Secretary, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment
2. Secretary Ministry of Finance
3. Director General, Central Environmental Authority
4. Director General, Consumer Affairs Authority

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