New Program to Provide Low-Cost, Ethically Refurbished Computers to Digitally Disadvantaged Students and Families

New Program to Provide Low-Cost, Ethically Refurbished Computers to Digitally Disadvantaged Students and Families

Orlando, Florida; Seattle, Washington. September 19, 2017. The electronics recycling and refurbishment certification program known as e-Stewards® today announced a new "digital equity" program designed to channel computer equipment from large corporations and institutions to needy individuals and communities across North America. 

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Watchdog Group's GPS Trackers Find More Fake Electronics Recyclers Sending e-Waste to Asia

Watchdog Group's GPS Trackers Find More Fake Electronics Recyclers  Sending e-Waste to Asia

Following their exposé last year entitled "Scam Recycling" employing 205 GPS tracking devices placed inside electronic waste to find out what happens to it, the Basel Action Network (BAN) has released new findings in a short 15 page report. Their most recent data reveals 16 more instances of exports to developing countries involving 7 companies, most of which make public claims of never allowing the electronics they process to be exported.

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Hong Kong Recyclers calling for Delay in Meeting New Environmental Requirements must be told an emphatic NO!

The Basel Action Network (BAN), the organization that documented massive smuggling and recycling fraud in New Territories last year must strongly agree with Friends of the Earth, Hong Kong in their opinion that the New Territories electronics junk yard operators must not be allowed any special delays in meeting the new e-waste recycling legislation.

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Hewlett Packard Answers the Call for e-Trash Transparency

Hewlett Packard Answers the Call for e-Trash Transparency

Environmental groups praised the Hewlett Packard Company today for its recent announcement that they will henceforth reveal to the public where all of their electronic waste goes.

HP now joins Samsung and LG in being fully transparent in North America about their recycling destinations. However, most IT equipment manufacturers, including Apple, Inc., refuse to tell the public where their toxic e-waste, once collected from the public, will end up. 

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Watchdog Calls for Fixing Washington State's Leaky e-Waste Law to Stop Illegal Exports

The Basel Action Network (BAN), the Seattle based environmental watchdog organization that last year used GPS tracking devices and caught out several official Washington State electronic waste processors or collectors illegally exporting toxic e-waste to substandard operations in China, is now calling for reforms in Olympia. 
 

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The Green Hat

The Green Hat

Seattle, Planet Earth. January 25. Seattle based environmental justice organization, Basel Action Network (BAN), has launched a poignant reminder that making "America Great Again" is not possible without a clean and green environment. This reminder comes in the form of "The Green Hat"-- a new helmet of resistance in defense of the environment under the marching orders: "Make the Environment Great Again".

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Proposed Waste Regulation Violates Chile's Toxic Waste Trade Treaty Obligations

Proposed Waste Regulation Violates Chile's Toxic Waste Trade Treaty Obligations

The global environmental toxic trade watchdog organization Basel Action Network, together with two Chilean NGOs -- FIMA and the Terram Foundation urged the government of Chile today to fulfill its international commitments to end the transboundary trafficking in hazardous wastes.

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Chicago Electronics Recycler Intercon Solutions Arrested for Fraud

Chicago Electronics Recycler Intercon Solutions Arrested for Fraud

More than five years since first being exposed by the environmental watchdog organization, Basel Action Network (BAN), Intercon Solutions CEO Brian Brundage was arrested and indicted yesterday for 4 counts of tax evasion and 6 counts of fraud. The government is seeking forfeiture of 10 million dollars and each count of income tax evasion is punishable by up to five years in prison. The wire fraud and mail fraud counts each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years.

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Secret Tracking Project Finds that Your Old Electronic Waste Gets Exported to Developing Countries

Secret Tracking Project Finds that Your Old Electronic Waste Gets Exported to Developing Countries

Utilizing high-tech methods to track high-tech wastes, the environmental watchdog, Basel Action Network (BAN) as part of their e-Trash Transparency Project, funded by the Body Shop Foundation, planted GPS trackers into 205 old printers and monitors and then delivered them to charities and recyclers. The new report, entitled Scam Recycling: e-Dumping on Asia by US Recyclers, revealed that of those that were handed over to American electronics recyclers, 40 percent did not get recycled in the US as expected by customers, but were instead exported to highly-polluting and unsafe operations in developing countries -- mostly in Asia.  

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Electronics recycler fined $444,000 for illegally disposing of dangerous waste overseas

Electronics recycler fined $444,000 for illegally disposing of dangerous waste overseas

The Washington Department of Ecology has fined Seattle-based electronics recycler Total Reclaim Inc. $444,000 for illegally disposing of flat-screen televisions and monitors with fluorescent tubes containing toxic mercury. The company shipped the flat screens to Hong Kong, where they were broken apart in the open by unprotected workers.

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