Working Together to Solve International E-Waste Problems

Representatives from the country of Sri Lanka met with the owners of the US electronics recycler company, e-End, for E-Waste Management suggestions

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by Terri Rue-Woods

On Thursday, May 2nd, several delegates from the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka met with the owners of e-End, a Frederick-based, local electronics recycling facility, for a walk-through and presentation about American electronic waste collection and recycling with emphasis on data security.

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The delegate-party consisting of 18 industry experts in the field of waste management visited the US seeking first-hand knowledge as to our Nation’s regulations, policies, and procedures for dealing with electronic waste. In addition, many of the delegates focused on potential networking and business-to-business connections that could be made between their company’s and e-End.

In a recent article about the event, CJ Fairfield of the Frederick News Post reported on the overall theme of the trip.  It was stated that “The group is on a two-week tour [sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration’s Special American Business Internship Training program.[SABIT]” The Deputy Director of the SABIT program, Liza Sobol commented in the article, that, “Through the program, professionals in emerging countries visit with U.S. companies and organizations to get a better idea about their respective industry and establish business contacts.”

Steve Chafitz, President at e-End, demonstrating  hard drive degaussing  and quality assurance procedures.

Steve Chafitz, President at e-End, demonstrating hard drive degaussing and quality assurance procedures.

Even though the country of Sri Lanka sits virtually apart from the heavily populated mainland of Asia, the country still finds itself facing the same economical hardships of its sister country, India.

It is still subject to the resulting stress of electronic waste production. In a journal review by M.B. Samarakoon about the electrical and electronic waste management practices in Sri Lanka, Samarakoon found that the country is rather behind in their development of adequate sustainable e-waste management strategies.

After visiting e-End, the delegation’s next stop was Las Vegas for the WasteExpo, May 6-9. The event is produced by Waste360, who recently wrote an article about e-End highlighting how and why electronic recycling companies have become data security experts.