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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Watchdog Tracker Data Implicates More Washington State Recyclers Exporting the Public's Toxic Electronic Waste to China

Watchdog Tracker Data Implicates More Washington State Recyclers Exporting the Public's Toxic Electronic Waste to China

As part of its ongoing e-Trash Transparency Project, which installed and deployed more than 200 electronic tracking devices in old computer printers and monitors and then tracked them across the globe, the Basel Action Network (BAN) has announced that the tracker data it has received has revealed four more Washington State recyclers implicated in exporting toxic, non-functional electronic scrap equipment to locations in China in likely violation of Chinese law, recycling certification programs, and state and county policies.

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Global Watchdog: Hong Kong's EPD is Wrong About the Basel Convention and the Harm that e-Waste Junkyards are Causing in New Territories

Global Watchdog: Hong Kong's EPD is Wrong About the Basel Convention and the Harm that e-Waste Junkyards are Causing in New Territories

In response to the press release issued by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) on June 17, 2016, regarding the highly polluting, illegal e-waste handling operations discovered in New Territories by BAN’s two year tracking study, BAN has called out the EPD for the following...

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Goodwill and Dell, Inc. Exposed as Exporters of US Public's Toxic Electronic Waste to Developing Countries

Goodwill and Dell, Inc. Exposed as Exporters of US Public's Toxic Electronic Waste to Developing Countries

The e-Trash Transparency Project was designed to once and for all get real data to find out what really happens when you drop your old computer, monitor or printer at a charity or at an electronics recycler.  BAN has placed 200 small GPS-based tracking devices into old printers and monitors and delivered them to Goodwill and to various recyclers around the country.  Read our first report from the project and the press release to find out what we learned.

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Total Reclaim Certification Revoked

Total Reclaim Certification Revoked

The Washington state-based electronics recycling firm Total Reclaim has had their e-Steward® certification withdrawn due to violation of the e-Stewards standard. The company was identified by BAN’s e-Trash Transparency Project (an electronic tracking program) to have exported mercury containing LCD monitors to Hong Kong. Total Reclaim has admitted and apologized for the violation in a public statement. The e-Stewards Evidentiary Report and FAQ regarding this incident can be found here.

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