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Sri Lanka Ships Return Another 82 Waste Filled Containers to UK

Sri Lanka has sent back another 82 garbage containers filled with hazardous wasts to the UK after they were illegally shipped in 2017.

Sri Lanka has sent back another 82 garbage containers filled with hazardous wasts to the UK after they were illegally shipped in 2017. 

Out of the 242 containers, 20 had already been sent back. The rest will be returned as soon as a vessel becomes available, according to Sri Lanka Customs spokesman Sunil Jayarathne.

The shipped wastes arrived in the South Asian nation between late 2017 and early 2018. Environmental organization Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) has filed for the rejection of these wastes. “Also, population will be exposed to several health risks due to the pathogens in the clinic or other waste found in the imported waste. This could also have negative impacts on the bio-diversity,” the environmental group said in a statement. 

On October 14, the country’s Court of Appeal ordered to ship all the containers back to the United Kingdom.

In January Malaysia returned waste containers containing plastic to the UK. Last year, Indonesia returned 19 containers of waste back to the UK as well as to other countries in the West. The Philippines, also sent back Canada’s trash after declaring said activity as illegal. 

 

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