Only half of the up to 950 tons of plastic and polythene waste disposed each day in Sri Lanka gets collected, out of which just 10 to 15 per cent are recycled, said chairman of the Central Environment Authority Supun S. Pathirage.
Recycling plants are in short-supply of adequate material due to the absence of a proper mechanism to collect polythene and plastic waste, he has told BBC Sinhala Service.
His remarks come in connection with World Environment Day that falls today (05).
The theme for the 50th World Environment Day is under the campaign of beating plastic pollution and ecosystem restoration.
The CEA is holding a series of events, with the main function taking place in Colombo Pettah this morning.