When referring to any of the results of our analysis and/or its concept and design, please cite us accordingly:
Global Plastics Policy Centre (2022) March A., Salam, S., Evans, T., Hilton, J., Fletcher, S. (editors). Global Plastics Policy Review. Revolution Plastics, University of Portsmouth.
Sri Lanka National Environmental Act – Order No. 2034/35, Plastic Bag BanView the policy document
Key FindingsView the policy document
This policy prohibits the manufacture, sale, offering and any kind of use of, high density polyethylene (HDPE) bags within Sri Lanka.
This ban is widely considered to be unsuccessful with various concerns from consumers and manufacturers alike. These concerns stemmed from limited alternatives, the quick time frame of announcing and implementing the ban, lack of stakeholder engagement, insufficient cooperation between government agencies and poor enforcement.
The evidence also suggests that the ban has led to unintended increases in plastic bag use and thus has not reduced plastic entering the environment.
Through an analytical framework, we've reviewed over 100 plastic policies. These reviews determine the effectiveness of policies in reducing plastic pollution and we offer recommendations in light of this evidence, to enhance future policy making. You can find out more about our methods on our methods page.Methods