Sri Lankans generate 5.10 kilograms per capita per day of Municipal Solid Waste with a population exceeding 20 million people. As an island country, Sri Lanka lacks the necessary infrastructure for proper waste removal; however, the economic growth can help the country develop further with a $82 billion economy and a growth rate of 5% (in 2015). The country’s production of waste is estimated to decline to 4 kilograms per capita per day by 2025.
- Give up plastic bags and instead take reusable bags to the store.
- Skip straws or switch to the alternative paper/metal straws which are recyclable
- Invest in refillable water bottles instead of using plastic water bottles
- Avoid products/produce that comes with plastic packaging. This applies to all products varying from food to hygiene. For example: you can buy soap in 2 forms: bars or liquid. If you want to buy liquid soap, buy in bulk and take your own refillable containers. While you’re at it, you can also give up plastic cups, paper plates and single-use cutlery!
- Recycle, re-use, reduce – globally, only 19% of plastic is recycled, so you can do your part by re-using or recycling plastic you already have at home. Example, convert your plastic milk bottles into feeding stations for birds
- Do not litter – while you may think that carrying a chocolate wrapper is a great inconvenience, disposing it onto the road during your walk/drive does substantial damage to the environment and our ecosystem. Instead, you can carry it with you till you find a suitable trash can.
- Be more conscious and cautious! – Before you buy any product, check to see what material it is made out of and whether the material is compostable, biodegradable or recyclable.
- Educate those around you – People can’t change what they don’t know about, so help spread the word.