Chemical waste allegedly found stored in nine Hong Kong recycling sites without approval

(UNDATED PHOTO) A joint operation was held between September 26 and October 4 to conduct surprise inspections at a number of waste recycling sites in Hung Lung Hang in the North District in the New Territories. Photo: ISD

(UNDATED PHOTO) A joint operation was held between September 26 and October 4 to conduct surprise inspections at a number of waste recycling sites in Hung Lung Hang in the North District in the New Territories. Photo: ISD

A joint departmental operation found a large quantity of chemical waste had been allegedly collected and stored in nine recycling sites in the New Territories without approval, with Hong Kong’s environmental protection watchdog vowing to launch prosecutions against the relevant parties.

The crackdown, named “Operation Dawn”, led to the seizure of some 3,500 pieces of LCDs, with an estimated market export value of HK$2 million, through ambushes conducted between September 26 and October 4.

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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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Lebanon Plans to Dump Garbage - But Sierra Leone Rejects Deal

Lebanon Plans to Dump Garbage - But Sierra Leone Rejects Deal

Sierra Leone just announced that they want no part of a reported deal with Lebanon that would export Lebanese household waste to the West African nation.

The Government of Lebanon approved a plan to export loads of household trash to a nearby African or a Middle-Eastern country. According to Lebanon, they received clearance from the Government of Sierra Leone to export the waste there. Yet the Government of Sierra Leone denies such an agreement and refuses to accept the waste.

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China's Guiyu shifts away from crude processing

China's Guiyu shifts away from crude processing

According to reports last week from English-language media outlets in China, all informal e-scrap processors in Guiyu will be required to move their businesses to a newly built industrial park by the start of 2016. As of late November, 400 "large workshops" had been persuaded to make the move. Still, approximately 3,000 small businesses had yet to vacate their operations, news reports indicated.

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