Returning garbage containers to UK : No space on ships

By Sarah Hannan

Sri Lanka Customs is facing difficulties securing space on ships to reship the waste containers, which are currently held at the Katunayake Free Trade Zone (FTZ), to the UK.

“With the operation in the Colombo Port hampered due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases that were reported from the port premises, and the restriction in shipping movements the world is facing, we have found it difficult to allocate necessary space to reship the remaining waste containers back to the UK,” Superintendent of Customs Lal Weerakoon told The Sunday Morning on Friday (20).

Legal paperwork was completed to proceed, with the court order being issued by the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) in September, and the reshipment of the remaining garbage containers was to commence from October onwards.

Accordingly, a total of 123 waste containers have been reshipped in consignments to the UK: On 26 September, 21 containers were sent on SEAMAX NORWALK; on 30 October, 20 containers were reshipped on TEXAS TRIUMPH; and on 6 November, 65 containers were sent on EVER GOVERN, seven containers on MSC QINGDAO, and 10 containers on MV MSC LEANNE.

It was stated that the UK’s Environmental Agency in July had agreed to accept the controversial waste containers exported to Sri Lanka by a UK company.

The case was taken up on 23 July, during which time the Attorney General’s (AG) Department had informed the Court of Appeal that the UK Government was in the process of conducting an inquiry into the British company that exported waste material in freight containers to Sri Lanka, violating the UK’s environment and health regulations.

In January this year, the CEA proposed alternative options including securing the services of a foreign consultancy firm with adequate …read more

Source:: The Morning