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JICA survey reveals national challenges on plastic waste management

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JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) conducted a survey through ‘Project for Strengthening Plastic Management Capacity’ launched in September 2023 on the current situations of plastic waste management, which was not grasped in the past.

The main findings of the survey so far are summarised as below, while the survey will continue with more samples to improve its accuracy.

* Plastic waste accounts for about 10 percent of the waste collected by local authorities, out of which about 70 percent is packaging plastic such as Single-Use Plastic (SUP) shopping bags (40 percent) and lunch sheets (10 percent) (Western Province, weight basis).

* The 49 recycling facilities surveyed nationwide have an overall capacity to recycle 152 tons of plastic per day; however, the actual amount recycled is only around 100 tons per day. In addition to PET, PP (polypropylene, such as plastic chairs, sorted e-waste, household items, etc.) and PE (polyethylene, such as HDPE bottles, polysacks, LDPE household containers, plastic bags, etc.) are largely recycled.

* The survey of public opinions on SUP in Western Province revealed that, except for shopping bags and lunch sheets, more than half of the respondents believe that SUPs are replaceable and unnecessary.

Based on these results, actions to improve plastics management will be discussed furthermore. For this purpose, the JICA team visited the Faculty of Applied Sciences of Sri Jayewardenepura University, the only faculty in Sri Lanka with Polymer Science Department, to discuss the collaboration. In lectures given by JICA officers and experts, both lecturers and students showed great interest in the findings on plastics management, which was unprecedented in the past. Collaboration among industry, Government, and academia is crucial to solve the problem, and JICA will continue proactive dialogues with various stakeholders.

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