Sri Lanka Returns Illegal Waste To Britain After Court Order
Umer Jamshaid 24 days ago Sat 31st October 2020 | 01:28 PM
Sri Lanka has started shipping 242 containers of hazardous waste, including body parts from mortuaries, back to Britain after a two year court battle by an environment watchdog, officials said Saturday
Colombo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 31st Oct, 2020 ) :Sri Lanka has started shipping 242 containers of hazardous waste, including body parts from mortuaries, back to Britain after a two year court battle by an environment watchdog, officials said Saturday.
Several Asian countries have in recent years been pushing back against an onslaught of international refuse from wealthier nations and have started turning back the unwanted shipments of garbage as they battle against being used as the world's trash dump.
The first 20 containers of medical waste, which included body parts from mortuaries, were loaded on the MV Texas Triumph on Friday and another 65 will be sent within a week, customs spokesman Sunil Jayaratne said.
"The balance will be shipped as soon as another vessel is available," Jayaratne said.
Customs did not reveal the type of waste, but officials had said it included rags, bandages and body parts from mortuaries.
In September, 260 tonnes of separate waste in another 21 containers was sent back after Britain agreed to take it back.
Local authorities discovered the new waste after the legal action was started against the 242 containers held in Colombo port and a free trade area near the capital.
Sri Lanka's customs maintained that all the containers had been brought into the country in violation of international law governing the shipment of hazardous waste, including plastics.