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INSEE provides safe disposal solution for cocaine

Continuing the milestone initiative commenced in January 2018 to eradicate a vital national menace, the sustainable waste management solutions provider INSEE Ecocycle Lanka (Private) Limited, popularly known as INSEE Ecocycle, once again joined hands with the Sri Lanka Police (SLP), Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) and National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB), Government Analytical Department (GAD) and President Task force for drugs Prevention to responsibly dispose confiscated Cocaine Hydrochloride through Cement Kiln co-processing for the second-time in Sri Lanka.

In January 2018, the company disposed of 928kgs of confiscated Cocaine using the same technology taking the first forward step to resolve the problem.

The cocaine material was confiscated by Sri Lanka Police Narcotics Bureau, followed by the verification of the narcotic material under the guidance of Government Analyst Department (GAD), NDDCB and Attorney General’s Department.

Chairman of National Dangerous Drugs Control Board, Professor Saman Abeysingha said “Testing conducted by the National Narcotic Laboratory of NDDCB as per the orders of Magistrates of Magistrate Courts in Aluthkade and Mount Lavinia confirmed the feasibility of disposal of specific court samples in the cement Kiln co-processing at INSEE Ecocycle, Puttalam.”

INSEE Ecocycle has carried out the technical evaluation with the support of PNB and NDDCB on feeding mechanism and pre-processing activities for safe disposal of the dangerous drug whilst minimizing the social and environmental impact.

Nandana Ekanayake, Chief Executive Officer of INSEE Cement, Sri Lanka explained “As we have the only fully integrated cement manufacturing facility in the country that possess the required capability to provide this solution. INSEE Cement is proud to support the national cause and contribute to building a drug-free nation. Sri Lanka’s only operational Cement Kiln Co-processing facility is in our Puttalam Cement Plant.”

Sanjeewa Chulakumara, Director of INSEE Ecocycle Lanka said “INSEE Ecocycle is the only sustainable waste management business in the country with over sixteen years of experience in disposing of dangerous materials amounting to over 650,000 tons of waste.”

Deputy Inspector General of Sri Lanka Police Narcotics Bureau, Sajeewa Medawatte, “INSEE Ecocycle successfully carried out the 1st ever cocaine disposal in a scientific manner with proven cement kiln co-processing in 2018. We have experienced their technical knowhow, systems compliance and state-of-the-art infrastructure and are happy to join hands with INSEE Ecocycle for the safe disposal of confiscated cocaine” he said.

There are several ways of waste feeding mechanisms available at the Cement Kiln co-processing facility.

The liquefied material will be transported for final disposal to Puttalam Cement Plant where the second phase of the disposal will take place on the 1st April 2019.


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