AsiaNews | Colombo | Saturday, 29 Sep 2018 | by Claude Gunasekera :Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association (SLRA) is appoint a National Task Force to implement ‘GREEN RETAILING’ in Sri Lanka launching an all Island awareness campaign with the auspice of the Ministry of Environment led by Maithripala Siriseana President of Sri Lanka to educate Consumers to reduce polythene and plastics in shopping, said Leonard Michael Perera, Founder Convener & Head of Business (SLRA). He said this decision was taken subsequent to a successful meeting with Sri Lanka Deputy Minister of Mahaweli Development & Environment, Ajith Mannaperuma, recently.
Leonard Perera further said the campaign is a joint programme by SLRA in collaboration with Sri Lanka Central Environment Authority (CEA), Sri Lanka Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) and Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
“The Green Retail initiative was taken by the Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association through its member leading Supermarkets and Retail Chains in Sri Lanka such as Cargills Food City, Keells Super, Laughs Sunup, Arpico, Hameedias, Cotton Collection, Cool Planet, Uptown, Swarnamahal, Softlogic, Abans, Singer, Metropolitan, Bata, DSI, DI, Damro, Dankotuwa Porcelain, Perera & Sons and many more. They will offer incentives or discounts for consumers bringing in re-usable & re-cycle bags towards reducing and eliminating polythene usage” Leonard Perera concluded.
The delegation of SLRA who met the Deputy Minister of Environment were comprising of Kaushalya Perera (Director-DSI /SLRA Exco), Nisreen Rehmanjee (John Keels Group / Plasti-cycle project), Prasad Jayaweera (Keells Super) Chaminda Wijeshinghe (Laugfs Super), Haroon Mowjood (Arpico Super), Nirmal Nonis (Softogic), Roshan Hassen (Lanka Sathosa) and Leonard Perera (SLRA).
The Sri Lanka government representatives were Rohana Perera, Chairman ,Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA), Sarojini Jayasekera, Director (CEA) and Mahinda Werahera, Deputy Director, Ministry of Environment and few other officials from the Ministry of Environment and Central Environment Authority.