Sri Lanka’s Environment Ministry has filed a complaint, seeking compensation of from a British company, for the damage caused by the importation of garbage from Britain.
Local media reported on Thursday that Sri Lanka’s Environment Ministry is asking for Rs. 1.6 billion ($8.9 million) compensation.
In a statement, the Central Environmental Authority said a complaint was filed with the Basel Convention Secretariat under the Basel Convention, which is a convention focused on control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal.
The complaint was lodged after more than 100 containers containing garbage and hazardous material, imported from Britain, were kept by a private company in a yard in the Katunayake Free Trade Zone, on the outskirts of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo while the rest were kept in a yard in the Colombo Port.
The government sent back 21 containers of the hazardous material to Britain on Sept. 27 after completing investigations.
Earlier, the government said the containers arrived illegally in 2017 and 2018.
It said officials at the Colombo port discovered the rotting waste after a foul smell emerged from the containers, which had been imported under the cover of metal recycling.
The imports contained a mixture of mattresses, plastics and hospital wastes.
Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed/Abdulfatah Babatunde