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- E-Waste

- Electronic Waste

- WEEE - Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

What is E-waste?

Refers to all electronic and electrical devices, surplus, broken or obsolete, which have been discarded by their original owners.

What is E-waste?

The term e-waste, sometimes also occurring as expanded form electronic waste, refers to all electronic devices, surplus, broken or obsolete, which have been discarded by their original owners. According to estimates by the UN, the world produces up to 50 million tons of e-waste per year. The decreasing cost of electronic goods has only compounded the problem.

In practice, computers, televisions, mobile phones and electronic gaming devices form the biggest proportion of e-waste, since they are the things most likely to be replaced in the short term when people are keen to purchase the latest technology.

E-waste is particularly significant because disposal of electronic items can result in toxic rubbish, such products containing dangerous metals like lead, cadmium and mercury, which can contaminate air and water when they are dumped. Concern about the environmental issues surrounding e-waste has led governments across the world to implement laws prohibiting its disposal in landfills and issue directives on recycling.

What is E-waste?

What is E-waste?

Sources of e-waste

- IT and Telecommunication Equipment

- Large Household Appliances

- Small Household Appliances

- Consumer and Lighting Equipment

- Electrical and Electronic Tools

- Toys and Sports Equipment

- Medical Devices

- Monitoring and Control instruments

- Batteries

Effects of e-waste on the Environment and Human Beings

Lead - Damage to central and peripheral nervous systems, blood systems and kidney damage. Affects brain development of children

Chromium - Asthmatic bronchitis. DNA damage

Cadmium - Toxic irreversible effects on human health. Accumulates in kidney and liver. Causes neural damage. Teratogenic

Mercury - Chronic damage to the brain. Respiratory

Plastics including PVC - Burning produces dioxin. It causes Reproductive and developmental problems; Immune system damage; Interfere with regulatory hormones

Effects of e-waste on the Environment

Effects of e-waste on Human Beings

Why we need to manage e-waste?

- To avoid the adverse effects of e-waste on the environment and health

- To source the raw materials in an environment friendly manner saving the limited resources on Earth

Urban Mining

Recovery of materials from e-waste is an environment friendly and cost effective way of sourcing raw materials for new products

E-waste contains materials such as,

- Gold (Au)

- Silver (Ag)

- Nickel (Ni)

- Copper (Cu)

- Aluminium (Al)

E-waste problem in the Sri Lankan Context

- Imports large amounts of electronic & electrical items a year
     - 300,000 PC & Laptops-Growth Rate 12%
     - 1,200,000 Mobile Phones-Growth Rate 40%
     (Source: Sri Lanka Customs Statistics,2010)

- Little concern/awareness on management of obsolete and unusable electronic items

- More price concern than the environment

- Has become a burden as it consumes space

What is the solution for e-waste?

Benefits of e-waste management programme

- Cleaner & Greener environment

- Enhance image as a socially responsible & environment friendly organization

- Positive for Environmental & ISO standards etc.

- Window to promote organization’s services along with the green concept

- Motivational experience for participants

How we educate the general public?

- Distributing awareness materials on e-waste at public events/door step visiting

- Organizing e-waste collection/awareness day with prior notice in schools

- Conduct door step collection programmes which respond on demand - Hotline

About Green Links Lanka

- Subsidiary of N.S.Gunaratne Pvt.Ltd - 1985

- Started e-waste management in 2005

- Company operations
     - E-waste collection from the corporate sector,
      households and repair centres
     - Sort & arrange items
     - Export to potential recyclers

Green Links Lanka

Material Flow

Items We Recycle

- Personal Computers and Laptops

- Printers, Scanners and Photo Copy machines

- Refrigerators, AC Machines and Washing Machines

- Telephones, mobile phones and other telecommunication equipment

- All types of batteries

- Televisions, Monitors

Key Highlights of Our Operations

- Major e-waste solution provider for around 300 major companies in Sri Lanka.

- Destruction Certificate for each e-waste shipment assuring proper recycling.

- Has exported over 6000 tonnes of e-waste.

- Partnership with world’s No.1 e-waste recyclers

- Compliance-with BASEL convention.

- Scheduled waste management license from the CEA of Sri Lanka.

Our Service, Solution & Benefits to You

- Collect from your doorstep

- Provide a total e-waste solution covering all categories of e-waste

- Enhance your corporate image as a socially responsible company

- Let the pioneers of e-waste management in Sri Lanka handle your e-waste and get rid of your e-waste problem

Contact Us

Email -

Address -
Green Links Lanka, No: 848/3A, Negombo Road, Mabola, Wattala, Sri Lanka.

Hotline -
+94 11 566 0 300

General -
+94 11 2942 0 22 / +94 11 566 1731

Mobile -
+94 71 814 0 321 /+94 71 630 5184 /+94 71 406 6455 / +94 71 420 0555

Fax -
+94 11 2942 0 22

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