containers were first detected in 2019. They had been illegally imported in
Sri Lanka Customs
began repatriating the first batch of the controversial 242 container loads of
garbage to Britain following last week’s Court of Appeal order to reship the
consignment with immediate effect.
Customs Social Protection Unit handling
the operations of repatriating tons of trash back to the UK
Additional Director General and Spokesman Sunil Jayaratne was quoted by the Sri
lankan media as saying that the Customs Social Protection Unit was handling the
operations of repatriating tons of trash back to the UK, from where it was
First batch of 20 waste containers sent
back on Oct 30
result, the first batch of 20 waste containers were loaded on to a vessel named
‘Texas Triumph’ docked at the Colombo Harbour, which departed on October 30th
and sailed directly to the port of Rotterdam in Netherlands on a transit to the
UK in another vessel.
Lankan Court of Appeal had ordered the Customs last week to repatriate the
waste containers following an appeal filed by the Centre for Environmental
Justice for importing a hazardous waste material into the country by a private
company named Colombo Metal Industries through a local hub operator without the
knowledge of the Central Environment Authority (CEA).
case was taken up last July the Attorney General’s Department informed the
Court of appeal that the British Government was in the process of conducting an
inquiry on the British company that had exported the waste material violating
the international treaty, Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary
Movements of Hazardous Material, which was signed by 53 signatories in 1989.
in early 2019, detected the waste containers, which had been illegally imported
in late 2017 and were lying at the Colombo Harbour and in a hub operator’s
yard. They had been imported falsely declaring to extract metal from used
mattresses for re-export purposes.
The motive of the involved companies was
to be part of multi-million dollar trade of disposing international waste in
the Customs investigations revealed that the motive of the involved companies
was to be part of multi-million dollar trade of disposing international waste
in Sri Lanka, and re-exporting of metal extracted from mattresses was a
official said the first batch of 20 containers of the 112 containers lying at
the Colombo Port was dispatched on October 30th, whilst the remaining 130
already cleared waste containers are lying at the premises of a private hub
operator, which is functioning under the BOI.
batch of 65 waste containers is scheduled to be dispatched on November 4.