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SLT, Dialog, Singer, Abans and others to collect e-waste for CEA

By Chanaka de Silva

The Central Environment Authority (CEA) together with several leading organizations dealing in home electronics and Information Technology launched an e-Waste management project last week. This step has been taken as e-waste s piling is causing concern of serious pollution to the environment by the release of hazardous materials.

The Electronic waste Management Programme, where people can hand over their e-waste to appointed partner organizations appointed by the CEA was launched recently in Colombo. An island wide network has been set up for the collection of the e-waste from both individual and organizations.

Speaking at the launch, Minister of Environment Anura Priyadharshana Yapa stated that “Electronic waste is one of the most rapidly growing environmental hazards worldwide. A well planned strategy including a comprehensive legal frame work and practical management system is essential. The co-operation of all sectors including the general public is vital for the success of this program. This programme is a milestone in achieving a healthy and safe environment in the country for both the present and future generations. The timing of the CEA’s program on E waste management is praiseworthy.”

CEA Chairman Charitha Herath said the steady growth of new technology and the ever increasing use of computers and electronic equipment the quantity of obsolete electronic items disposed are increasing globally. “As the responsible regulatory agency for sustainable E management the CEA is pleased to work together with several of the leading corporate entities in launching this programme which will endeavour to reach the goal of a clean and green environment free of e-pollution,” he said.

Associated with the CEA’s program on e-waste management are Sri Lanka Telecom, Mobitel, Dialog, Etisalat, Hutch , Lanka Bell, Singer, Abans, Metropolitan Agencies, E-Wis, Virtusa and ABC Trade and Investment together with service providers Geo Cycle and Green Link for handling bulk quantities of E-waste.

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