Sri Lanka finance minister calls for inquiry on waste imports

ECONOMYNEXT  – Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has called for a report on a case of alleged waste imports for re-export and check whether the imports had clearance from environmental authorities.

"In any country clearance from the environmental agency is needed to import municipal waste," the finance ministry said.

Any kind of waste processing, involving actual unloading of materials, is also a specialized business which has to be carried out with safeguards to protect workers, contain any fallout to adjacent facilities and the environment in general.

Samaraweera has called for a report from director general of customs P S M Charles on the case.

Minister Samaraweera had said that if any regulations had been broken, action has to be taken.

Hayleys Free Zone, an entrepot trading firm has hit the headlines recently over containers stuck at port, which had used mattresses and carpets.

The firm had said the original consignee had gone bankrupt and it was stuck. However it is not clear whether the operation had environmental clearance and the required standards were followed. (Colombo/July23/2019)

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