A recycling dropbox was handed over to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa by Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera for disposable pens and toothbrushes, the PM’s office said.
This initiative was launched in Sri Lanka on the basis of the common theme of “Discipline, Not Law” to encourage recycling and find sustainable waste solutions based on economics.
The government’s environmental agenda for collecting empty carbon pens and recycling toothbrushes would play a major role in reducing the amount of plastic released to the atmosphere, the declaration said.
In classrooms, 80KG of carbon pens are used every day which makes it a big environmental concern.
To support this recycling initiative, the Environment Ministry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with INSEE Cement and Atlas Sri Lanka. Under this arrangement, INSEE and Atlas will collect and repurpose recycled waste products such as carbon pens and toothbrushes.
A specially designed drop box that will contain 3,000 used pens and 500 used toothbrushes will be given to each school and state institution.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa welcomed the project, which helps to tackle the problem of recycling and is working for a more prosperous and environmentally friendly Sri Lanka, he said.