Court orders waste containers return to the UK

The Court of Appeal yesterday (14) ordered the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) to send back 242 containers carrying waste material that had been shipped to Sri Lanka from the UK last year.

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

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

Accordingly, the Court had granted permission to the CEA to re-export the garbage containers in question, which are currently being held at the Katunayake Free Trade Zone (FTZ), and also ordered to initiate legal action against those responsible for the illegal imports.