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 on October 31st according to Sri Lankan
20 containers of medical waste, which included body parts from mortuaries, were
loaded on the MV Texas Triumph on October 30th and another 65 will be sent
within a week, Customs spokesman Sunil Jayaratne said.
In Sep, 260 tonnes of waste in 21
containers sent back to U K.
September, 260 tonnes of waste in another 21 containers was sent back after
Britain agreed to take it back.
court of appeal two weeks ago ordered the repatriation of the bio-waste from
hospitals and tonnes of plastic waste imported in violation of local and
international shipping regulations.
arrived between September 2017 and January 2018 and the Centre for
Environmental Justice (CEJ) had petitioned courts to get it rejected. Customs
officials did not reveal the type of waste, but officials had said it included
rags, bandages and body parts from mortuaries.
containers brought into the country in violation of international law
authorities discovered the new waste after the legal action was started in
connection with 242 containers held in Colombo port and a free trade zone near
the capital. Customs officials maintained that all the containers had been
brought into the country in violation of international law governing the
shipment of hazardous waste, including plastics.
Lankan investigation last year into nearly 3,000 tonnes of illegally imported
hazardous waste found the importer had reshipped about 180 tonnes to India and
Dubai in 2017 and 2018.
Asian countries in recent years have been pushing back against an onslaught of
international refuse from wealthier nations and have started turning back the
unwanted shipments as they battle against being used as the world’s trash dump.
Besides Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia have also returned
hundreds of container-loads of refuse to their countries of origin in recent