EWIS said this week it’s the first ICT company in Sri Lanka to obtain the environmental licence for e-waste management from the Central Environmental Authority (CEA).
This was received at a function held at the CEA under the patronage of the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Director General of CEA Pasan Gunasena, additional secretaries of the Ministry and the Director of EWIS Peripherals (Pvt) Ltd, Ms. Roseanne Wijayanayake.
EWIS together with its international business partner Lexmark has been working on this environmental initiative since 2006 in order to collect and recycle toner cartridges. Under this initiative, customers are encouraged to return their used toner cartridges back to EWIS. Collected cartridges will be returned to the principal Lexmark to be recycled and re-used. EWIS-Lexmark collection boxes are placed in customer sites to make this process easy.
Addressing the gathering, Minister Ranawaka said, “Currently, the world is over dependant on fossil oil but has now realized the importance of discovering green sources of energy. Global communities have got together and implemented strict rules and regulations to reduce green house gas emissions and to reduce the carbon footprint. We are looking towards implementing a green economy which will eventually result in our ultimate motive, green Sri Lanka. Many initiatives are in place to make this motive a success and this venture of EWIS is one significant milestone to mark our success.”