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Sri Lanka sends 21 containers of hazardous hospital waste back to Britain

Christian Fernsby |
Sri Lanka has returned 21 containers back to Britain after officials say the waste was brought onto the island in violation of international laws governing the shipping of hazardous material.

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The containers which were supposed to carry used mattresses carpets and rugs, contained mostly hospital waste, plastic and polythene.

Officials have not revealed what type of hospital waste, but previously illegally imported containers included rags, bandages and body parts from mortuaries.

The 21 containers first arrived by ship to Colombo’s main port in 2017 and departed Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Sunil Jayarante, customs spokesperson, stated “we are working to secure compensation from those responsible for getting the containers into the country”.

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