The Ministry of Environment has started a program to recycle used carbon pen tubes and toothbrushes.

Special containers will be provided to homes and To collected  used pens and toothbrushes and they will be  collected by   Wex Industries Plastics Ltd. to recycling.

The quantity of carbon pen tubes discarded from schools per day is around 80 kg and is estimated to exceed 29,000 kg per year.

The quantity discharged from public and private institutions has not yet been calculated. Environmentalists point out that used pens and toothbrushes take between 100- 500 years to decay.

The first container designed for this purpose was handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera at the Presidential Secretariat recently.

Minister Amaraweera said that a Cabinet Paper will be submitted to make the implementation of the programme mandatory in both public and private entities.