Health in All Polices: E-waste and Health

With the rapid developments in technology and the growing demand for new products, the production and consumption of more ‘Electronic and Electrical Equipment’ (EEE) has significantly increased around the world. This has also resulted in the acceleration of the rate of replacement of new products, creating a substantial burden on the waste stream in general. The rise of outdated EEE – which is known as Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) or ‘e-waste’, is classified as hazardous waste streams in the world. E-waste contains both hazardous as well as valuable substances, such as lead, mercury, cadmium, copper, gold, silver, Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB), and Brominated Flame Retardants (BFR). Unless e-waste is processed, recycled or disposed in a proper way, it will have serious impacts on human health as well as on the environment. This study makes an effort to review the health impact of e-waste from various literatures, and to measure the e-waste generations in Sri Lanka by the selected equipment in the period of 2009 – 2013, using the Custom Data. In addition, e-waste management in Sri Lanka in terms of policies, actions, and their limitations/gaps are discussed.

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Samanthi Bandara
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