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E-Waste Systems Signs Master Franchise in UK

LONDON -- (Marketwire) -- 01/16/13 -- E-Waste Systems, Inc. (OTCQB: EWSI), (the "Company"), an electronic waste management and reverse logistics company, announced today the signing of a letter of intent to establish a Master Franchisee/Licensee in the United Kingdom (UK).

The e-waste and reverse logistics market has become a $100 Billion annual business [1]. According to data from the UK Environment Agency, over 1.5 million metric tons of electronic equipment was placed on the UK market in 2011, with around 33% of this quantity collected for recycling through approved sites [2]. Under the recent recast of the WEEE Directive, member countries are obliged by law to grow the percentages processed to 85% (of WEEE generated) in the near future [3].

"Consistent with our EWSI expansion strategy, we are pleased to announce this master franchisee/licensee in the UK, a key market for e-waste. This master franchisee/licensee will be the first of many we will complete to expand our brand globally. The UK is a prominent part of the European Union where the regulations are setting the highest standards around the world for e-waste recycling and processing of end-of-life electronics," stated Martin Nielson, CEO of EWSI.

This agreement calls for payment of an initial franchisee/licensee fee and a percentage of annual revenues for each year thereafter. The transaction, which is subject to due diligence and execution of a definitive agreement, is expected to close within 45 days. Upon closing, and subject to performance obligations for growth, the new franchisee/licensee will be based in London and will be the master franchisee/licensee for all of the United Kingdom.

About E-Waste Systems, Inc.
E-Waste Systems, Inc. is the sole pure play public company in the emerging waste electrical and electronics equipment ("WEEE") industry. EWSI targets companies facing regulatory or other mandates for handling e-waste. EWSI operates and assists its large geographical network of affiliates to apply best practices in professional management, offer state-of-the-art engineering, and provide a true global e-waste solution. Additional information, including the business plan summary, is available on the Company's website, www.ewastesystems.com.

For more information as it happens, follow @EWasteSystemsIn on Twitter and http://www.facebook.com/ewastesystems on Facebook.

[1] Blumberg Associates
[2] http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/topics/waste/111016.aspx
[3] http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/weee/index_en.htm

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