The Central Environmental Authority continually conducts the island wide raiding programs to detect banned polythene manufactures, sellers & dealers, to give effect to the gazette notifications published in September 2017. The Investigation Unit of the Central Environmental Authority was able to capture another banned polythene manufacturing factory in a raid conducted in Ferguson Road, Mattakkuliya. According to information received from the public, CEA carried out this emergency raid on the 2nd of May 2018 and they were able to seize this industry during manufacturing banned HDPE lunch sheets and other HDPE products are going on. Accordingly, the HDPE polythene samples were taken into custody to prosecute against the factory.
The CEA continues to bring the offenders before respective courts with evidences gathered through the day and night raids conducted island wide on the production, sale and use of banned polythene products with the assistance of Environmental Police. Accordingly, 1299 raids have been conducted on banned polythene manufacturers and wholesale traders up to end April 2018. It has been found that, 89 individuals of which are still using banned polythene products and legal action has been initiated against them.