Sri Lanka sends out UK ‘recycling’ containers back after discovering dangerous medical waste inside

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    In this handout picture provided by Sri Lankan Customs on July 23, 2019, a customs official inspects the load of a container at a port in Colombo. - Sri Lanka customs on July 23 ordered the return of container loads of hazardous mortuary and clinical waste illegally imported into the island from Britain. (Photo by Handout / Sri Lankan Customs / AFP)HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images

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    Containers loaded with ‘medical waste’ have actually been returned to the UK (Picture: AFP)

    Sri Lanka has actually sent out 21 shipping containers back to the UK after discovering medical waste inside.

    The South Asian nation formerly stated it had actually gotten ‘recycling’ consignments from Britain loaded with body parts from mortuaries, plasters and rags.

    It did not expose the contents of the deliveries it returned on Saturday however did validate they had actually broken worldwide dangerous product laws, Mail Online reported.

    The containers had actually at first gotten here in the primary port in Colombo, Sri Lanka, around 3 years earlier.

    Officials had actually been anticipating carpets, carpets and utilized bed mattress however were stunned when they discovered medical waste.

    In this handout picture provided by Sri Lankan Customs on July 23, 2019, customs officials inspect the load of a container at a port in Colombo. - Sri Lanka customs on July 23 ordered the return of container loads of hazardous mortuary and clinical waste illegally imported into the island from Britain. (Photo by Handout / Sri Lankan Customs / AFP)HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images

    Previous consignments are stated to have actually consisted of ‘body parts’ (Picture AFP)

    Customs representative Sunil Jayaratne stated: ‘The carrier had actually consented to reclaim these 21 containers.

    ‘We are working to secure compensation from those responsible for getting the containers into the country.’

    Sri Lanka has actually likewise taken legal action versus another shipping business after it declared 242 different containers from the UK consisted of rubbish that likewise contravened worldwide policies.

    Some of the containers are still at the Colombo port and the federal government desires them gotten rid of. 

    Sri Lanka implicated the importer of generating nearly 3,000 tonnes of prohibited waste.

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