Sep 04, 2020

Warning issued over Asia Recycling's hazardous Mercury storage

A complaint has been launched against the long term storage of Mercury in large quantities at a single location by Asia Recycling (Pvt) Ltd, which is a subsidiary of Orange Electric.

The Consumer Rights Protection Organization has complained to the Consumer Affairs Authority about the potential hazard.

The warehouse is located at No. 441/5, Rideemudala, Pitipana area in Homagama. Also, the company has been given permission to collect electronic material under Electrical Waste Licensing No. 038 / HWM / 2020 / R8 of the Central Environmental Authority.

The letter to the CAA, signed by Ranjith Vithanage - the chairman of the Consumer Rights Protection Organization, states that even though the substance is stored in air-conditioned containers to control the temperature, safety concerns still prevail.

Released to the sea?

The letter also notes that the organisation is doubtful whether the company is also taking measures to release Mercury into the sea through a copper manufacturing plant, which is a subsidiary of the main company.

Exposure to Mercury could even be fatal.

Last month, Beirut was rocked by a blast when a fire ignited a cache of Ammonium Nitrate in a warehouse. Lebanon's government was compelled to resign amid mounting anger over the explosion.