Municipal waste imported from UK seized in TN port

Municipal waste imported from UK seized in TN port

Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) officials on inspecting the contents have recommended sending them back to the UK, saying the contents of six of them could pollute environment and spread diseases, the official said.

The seizure was made after customs officials checked the containers, lying unclaimed for the past over six months, on a tip-off that they contained municipal waste, Additional Director General of Directorate of Revene Intelligence, C Rajan said.

The stench from the containers was unbearable when they were opened and TNPCB officials who inspected the contents found plastic waste, condoms, rubber gloves and other solid non-degradable waste, he said.

Customs officials have registered a case against the Sivakasi-based company following the findings of TNPCB which recommended that the consignment should not be allowed into the country and should be re-exported to the UK.

The supplier was mentioned as CIF Papiers Cartons SAS.The containers were seized under the provision of Customs Act 1962 and Foreign Trade Policy and Hazardous Wastes Management Handling and transboundary Movement Rules 2008.

Rajan said action had been initiated through the Commissioner of Customs to send back the waste.

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