If current marine plastic pollution trends continue, the ocean will contain more plastic than fish by 2050, predicts the World Economic Forum. In 2016, South Asia generated 26 million tonnes of plastic waste and unsurprisingly this has led to the creation of a “dead zone” – an area where oxygen levels are too low to sustain marine life – in the Bay of Bengal. Dinushka Paranavitana argues that the solution to the rising problem of land-based marine plastic pollution in Sri Lanka is a combined force of banning single-use plastics, proper waste management, and the use of sustainable ecofriendly alternatives.
The Meethotamulla tragedy has opened the eyes of Sri Lankans to the dangers presented by solid waste mismanagement and dumping. Multifaceted proposals to address the immediate and long term issue of garbage disposal in Sri Lanka have been put forth. This article by Bilesha Weeraratne highlights the importance of household level responsibility in addressing the issue and suggests Pay as You Throw solutions to reduce the burden of solid waste disposal services and encourage recycling.