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Monday, 15 July 2019 - 19:33
Massive garbage smuggling racket revealed
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Sri Lanka Customs has discovered a massive racket where toxic waste is smuggled from developed countries such as the United Kingdom and dumping them in the country.

It is revealed that such developed countries have selected Sri Lanka to dump their toxic waste by abusing weak environmental laws of the island.

Customs officials made arrangement to open 102 such container loads of toxic waste before the media on June 8th.

However, the security officers of the International Container Yard did not permit media to come inside.

The leading local company which brought this toxic waste from the United Kingdom has enjoyed BOI facilities in the racket.

Our news team learnt that such goods have been imported under BOI sponsorship and are not generally checked by Customs.

Our news team also learnt that there are no legal provisions to take action against such racketeers.

Meanwhile, another fleet of containers of similar nature have been stocked in a private sector re-export processing centre at the Katunayake Free Trade Zone.

Responding to the matter, Central Environmental Authority Chairman, Isura Devapriya said that swift action will be taken to check the so-called re-export processing centre.
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