Audio: CEA on collection and management of e-waste in SL

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Around 65 metric tons of e-waste was generated in Sri Lanka per year, the Central Environment Authority’s (CEA) Director General Dr. Saranga Alahapperuma said.

“According to calculations,  around 50 million metric tons of e-waste is generated throughout the world per year,” he said.

E-waste is all electrical and electronic equipment, after their life time.

Out of 50 million metric tons of e-waste, only ten percent was managed properly while the rest was dumped in the environment without a proper control, polluting the environment heavily, he said.

The National e-Waste Week is observed from May 27 to June 2.

Nearly 75 elements were available in these electronic and electrical items such as cell phones, batteries, Hybrid car batteries and CFL lighting units.

“Within these electrical and electronic items many metals and other hazardous elements are present,” he said.

“In Sri Lanka about 65 metric tons of e-waste is generated in a year. This is a huge burden for Sri Lanka. Environment Authorities in the world are looking for a better solution for this e-waste problem. Some countries in Europe as well as some in Asia, have managed to come up with a solution,” he said.

CEA introduced a system to collect and manage e-waste throughout the country in 2010.

“Still we don’t have a proper or a sustainable solution. We now collect e-waste and export them to countries like China, India and Pakistan where the solution is available,” he said.

E-waste recycling needed high-tech and was a costly procedure. For economic feasibility of these types of factories, more e-waste was required, he said.

He said, many in the private sector were eager to set up re-cycling factories in Sri Lanka but they want to import e-waste from other countries as the e-waste generated in Sri Lanka was not sufficient.

“The CEA is not in a position to allow importing of e-waste. But once our quantity rises, factories could be set up in the future. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
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  • Azee Friday, 09 May 2014 11:00 AM

    Why cannot the CEA open up Centres to collect Ewaste plastic waste and glass waste in each DRO Grama Niladari. Division- Is it not their responsibility via DM Android App

    Rohan Friday, 09 May 2014 03:32 AM

    Timely words. Thanks for not importing for the sake of money. Its our countrys our childrens future we are dealing with. Factories will come in time. Till then look for a local solution to manage e-waste. There are brilliant minds in Sri Lanka under the surface waiting for a potential. via DM Android App

    Chief Friday, 09 May 2014 02:22 AM

    The Main cause was for importing cheaper products from China and other Asian Countries.

    Empulze Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:06 PM

    Lack of public awareness and recyling projects have led to alot of money being dumped as waste. via DM Android App

    lkboy Friday, 09 May 2014 04:37 AM

    All talk, no action. Tell me one place where we can dispose e-waste.

    Azee Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:47 PM

    Leave alone electric and electronic waste there is no system or arrangement even to dispose plastic and glass waste The CEA is not interested via DM Android App


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