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Interim stay order till September 20 :

CA stops movement of imported garbage inside country

The Court of Appeal yesterday stopped all movement of imported garbage within the country until September 20 except for any consignment meant for re-export. Issuing an Interim Order, the Court directed the authorities to prevent any transportation or movement of imported consignments of waste materials inside the country, until September 20.

This Interim Order would not prevent the transportation of concerned consignments of waste materials for the purposes of re-export. Court of Appeal President, Justice Yasantha Kodagoda PC and Justice Arjuna Obeysekara made this order regarding a writ petition filed against the consignments of imported waste material currently being stored in the Colombo Port and Katunayake Free Trade Zone. The Court of Appeal also issued notices on the respondents to appear in Court on September 20 in connection with this writ petition.

This petition had been filed by the Centre for Environmental Justice and its Executive Director Hemantha Ranjith Sisira Kumara naming the Central Environmental Authority, Director General of Customs, Hayleys Free Zone Limited (HFZ), Ceylon Metal Processing Corporation and the Attorney General as respondents.

On Thursday (29), the Court of Appeal ordered the Government Analyst to immediately inspect and submit an analytical report regarding the alleged consignment of containers carrying waste materials which are currently being held at the Colombo Port and at a cargo hub area in the Katunayake Free Trade Zone.

The Court of Appeal observed that the legality or illegality of the consignment of containers would depend on the exact nature of the goods. The elements contained in the consignments have not been proved by the experts.

The petitioners are further seeking an order in the nature of Writ of Certiorari quashing the validity of all documents or permits granted by any authority to import waste in violation of the provisions of the National Environmental Act.

The Petitioners state that some importers have imported consignments of waste material which includes clinical waste, used cushions and mattresses, plant parts, plastic waste and other uncategorized and hazardous waste into the country from United Kingdom, in the guise of importing permitted consignments, with the intention of disposing such waste within the country, which may cause severe damage to the environment as well as cause severe threats to public health.



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