22 January 2012

Sri Lanka Exports Electronic Waste for Recycling

20th January 2012, www.lankabusinessonline.com

Sri Lanka's Kalhari Group has tied up with Epsi Computers for safe disposal of electronic waste which will be exported for recycling, a statement said.

Kalhari Group has joined with Hong Kong’s Li tong Group for the recycling of 'e-waste'.

Sri Lanka's Central Environmental Authority has approved the export of 360 tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment to Hong Kong, the statement said.

The approval, valid till November 1, 2012, is subject to compliance with the requirements specified by the Environmental Protection Department in Hong Kong.

“We have received the Basel Convention export license from the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) for the export of electronic waste,” said Kaushal Rajapaksa, chief executive of the Kalhari Group.

Kalhari Group, which is already involved in the export of recycled or recyclable waste materials, recently signed an agreement with Epsi Computers for the collection and disposal of e-waste as well as other solid waste.

“Electronic waste is a new area for us," Rajapaksa said. "We expect to provide Sri Lankans the facility to easily dispose of their electronic waste including computers and mobile phones.”

Kalhari aims to expand the collection of e-waste to the entire country and has already lined up major players in the industrial sector who are e-waste generating companies as potential partners, he added.

Kalhari Group, which now exports around 200 tonnes of waste material a month, is one of the main companies recycling and exporting PET bottles and plastic waste.

Its recycling business includes waste from the tyre, latex, garment and steel industries.

The group consists of five companies and exports recycled waste material to several countries including China, India, Malaysia, Vietnam and Japan.

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