E-waste to be collected through Postal offices: CEA

E-waste to be collected through Postal offices: CEA

E-waste to be collected through Postal offices: CEA

Written by Pavani Hapuarachchi

09 Sep, 2020 | 10:52 am

COLOMBO (News 1st): A decision has been reached to collect all Electronic waste (E-waste) in the country through postal offices, the Central Environmental Authority said.

“The collection of e-waste will be carried out by postmen,” S. Samarasinghe, the Chairman at the Central Environmental Authority said on Wednesday (Sep 09).

According to Samarasinghe, E-waste or Electronic waste is the emerging form of waste and Sri Lanka is yet to introduce a proper mechanism for the disposal of e-waste.

E-waste includes mobile phones, televisions, radios, and other kitchen electrical appliances, among others.

CEA Chairman said that due to the lack of a proper disposal mechanism, such waste is either collected at households or disposed to the environment.

“Therefore, in line with the World Post Day, which falls on the 10th of October, the Post-Master General and close to 7000 postal employees have prepared a program to collect e-waste once a week,” CEA Chairman – S. Samarasinghe told News 1st on Wednesday (Sep 09).

The collected e-waste will be sent to foreign countries and recycled, according to CEA Chairman.

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