Court orders to send back 242 containers of illegal waste to Britain

Court orders to send back 242 containers of illegal waste to Britain

October 14, 2020   02:28 pm

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The Court of Appeal today ordered the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) to send back 242 containers carrying garbage that had been shipped to Sri Lanka from Britain last year.

A petition filed by the Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ), seeking a court order banning the import of waste to the country, was taken up before a judge-bench comprising President of Court of Appeal A.H.M.D Nawaz and Justice Sobitha Rajakaruna.

The court was informed today that the British company responsible for shipping the freight containers carrying waste to Sri Lanka had notified in a letter that they are prepared to take back the containers.

Accordingly, the court granted permission to the Central Environmental Authority to reexport the garbage containers in question which are being held at the Katunayake free trade zone and also ordered to initiate legal action against those responsible for the illegal imports. 

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