Return waste material to country of origin: CEA tells importer

19 July 2019 08:01 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has ordered the Hayleys Free Zone Ltd. also known as Advantis, which had imported several containers of industrial waste to be exported to the country of origin with immediate effect.

It also directed the company to take immediate steps to prevent any liquid or other effluents liable to pollute the environment.

The import of waste material is banned without the consent of the relevant country on the basis that Sri Lanka is a signatory to the Basel Convention. This container has been imported by Hayleys Free Zone Ltd. located in the Katunayake Export Processing Zone No.4 under the approval of Sri Lanka Board of Investment.

Director of the Chemicals and Hazardous Waste Management Unit of the Waste Management Division, Ajith Weerasundara said the containers contained hospital beds, mattresses, carpets, plastic and items like polythene, larvae, dead plants, fungus, bird feathers.

This company has operated since 2014 as an international import and export activities center. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 8

  • Dee Friday, 19 July 2019 08:13 PM

    Ha. Ha. Local trump!

    Sisil Sudesh Friday, 19 July 2019 08:13 PM

    Prosecute the culprits. Just returning the muck is not enough.

    Dee Friday, 19 July 2019 08:15 PM

    Suggestion! Ship on board,, depart . Bad weather. Ship sinks !

    AR Friday, 19 July 2019 08:25 PM

    Are they using this junk to produce Hayleys Mattresses which they introduce as "The perfect mattress for everyone"?

    Mango Friday, 19 July 2019 08:30 PM

    Return this crap. Don't spoil Sri Lanka

    Kanthaka Friday, 19 July 2019 08:40 PM

    Absolutely disgraceful that this company has no regard for potential hazards and public health for the sake of profit. Totally agree- all containers should be returned to sender with immediate effect. If there is a delay, likely that recipient country might not take responsibility of such a consignment, especially if it has been opened. They can argue that contents have been added!

    Please tell us Friday, 19 July 2019 08:43 PM

    Can someone let us know what these items are

    Danush Monday, 22 July 2019 09:06 AM

    This junk is from the UK hospitals that had to do complete refurbishment and clean out because of the 'superbug' in UK hospitals. Highly contagious muck.

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