Jul 29, 2019

Govt. analyst asked to submit report on waste containers

The Appeal Court today (29 July) instructed the Government Analyst to investigate and submit a report on 111 containers of waste which had been imported from UK.

During today’s hearing, the Attorney General (AG) told court that the 111 waste containers at the Port which had been imported from UK will be retained without damaging the environment until steps are taken to return the consignments.

A writ petition had been filed at the Appeal Court seeking a court order directing legal action to be taken against the importers of the waste containers.

The Centre for Environmental Justice, which had filed the petition, also sought a court order instructing that the mixed waste in these containers must not be dumped in the country.

The petition is being heard before Justices Yasantha Kodagoda, and Arjuna Obeysekera. The Customs Director General, AG, and the Central Environment Authority have been named as respondents to the petition.