Elephants rumaging through plastic in Sri Lanka

Watch: elephants eating plastic in Sri Lanka

A herd of wild elephants forages through a plastic waste dump in Sri Lanka's eastern district of Ampara, highlighting the scourge of hazardous single-use plastic waste in the country.

A herd of wild elephants forages through a plastic waste dump in Sri Lanka's eastern district of Ampara, highlighting the scourge of hazardous single-use plastic waste in the country.

Sri Lanka is set to launch a nationwide clean-up of plastic waste ahead of new laws banning the sale of single use plastics after a spate of deaths of elephants and deer due to consumption of contaminated plastic waste in the island's northeast.