Future Strategies in Plastic Waste Management in Sri Lanka

    Because of their natural properties such as inertness and low bulk densities, plastics have been commonly used in both water and food packaging, making them ideal moving materials, and low risk to pollutants. Plastic bottles and sachets, particularly urban areas, have become prevalent throughout the world. The packaging revolt was not backed by proper policy on plastic waste management, which left plenty of cities in Sri Lanka littered with plastic waste; creating horrible visual disorders, and other community health issues. Increasing environmental awareness and decreased landfill potential in most developed countries have prompted plastic recycling programs. Nonetheless, only 5-25% of plastic waste is actually being recycled. The paper addresses the opportunities for the treatment of plastic waste. It is concluded that the current rate of environmental degradation is likely to continue unless long-term remedial measures are taken in the country for the management of plastic waste.