Fire Destroys Warehouse of Massachusetts E-waste Exporter

Fire Destroys Warehouse of Massachusetts E-waste Exporter

In the early evening of July 11, CRT Recycling Inc. experienced a four-alarm fire in its warehouse. Consumed in the blaze were thousands of stockpiled cathode ray tube (CRT) computer monitors and TVs stored both outside and inside the warehouse. The state fire marshall’s office has determined that the fire was ignited intentionally.

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California Electronics Recycling Firm Executive Charged with Criminal Trafficking

California Electronics Recycling Firm Executive Charged with Criminal Trafficking

Robert Erie, CEO of E-World Recyclers in Vista, CA was criminally indicted in December of 2014 by a grand jury for conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit goods, falsifying records, and lying to the government. He was subsequently arrested, released on bail, and pled guilty to the charges. The case is still pending a final judgement.

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Stricter E-waste Guidelines from the Basel Convention? Not Yet

Stricter E-waste Guidelines from the Basel Convention? Not Yet

The latest Basel Convention Conference of the Parties just passed e-waste guidelines “that will allow electronics waste traders to simply claim electronics as repairable and export such dangerous waste outside of the Convention,” according to BAN's Jim Puckett, Executive Director

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More Canadian Garbage Found Illegally Dumped in the Philippines

Following a new discovery in the Port of Manila of yet another 48 containers of rotting household garbage illegally exported from Canada, environmental justice groups BAN Toxics, Seattle based Basel Action Network, and Greenpeace Philippines strongly condemned the Canadian government for "callous disregard of international law."

The newly discovered batch of containers has been sitting for over a year at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) and is just now undergoing abandonment proceedings under the Bureau of Customs. The consignee, Live Green Enterprise, failed to claim the shipment.

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Protest over Canada's Garbage Dumped in Philippines brought to the UN in Geneva

Protest over Canada's Garbage Dumped in Philippines brought to the UN in Geneva

International environmental organizations brought their protest against Canada for their refusal to take back the 50 shipment containers filled with household waste dumped in the Philippines almost two years ago. The groups raised the matter at a high-level meeting of the Basel Convention and marched from the meeting to the Permanent Mission of Canada, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Canada Condemned for Ignoring Legal Obligations in Philippines Waste Dumping Case

Canada Condemned for Ignoring Legal Obligations in Philippines Waste Dumping Case

Basel Action Network and our Philippines-based affiliate BAN Toxics strongly condemned the Canadian government today for violating the Basel Convention by refusing to repatriate more than 50 40-foot intermodal containers, each filled with household trash that were illegally exported from Canada almost two years ago.

Despite many requests by the Philippine government to return the waste as is required under international law, Canada is charged by the environmentalists with bullying the Philippines into finally accepting the waste. 

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Michigan Broker Pleads Guilty to Export of E-waste

Here's the latest federal enforcement action against an e-waste trader. The trader pled guilty to being involved in exporting falsely-represented CRTs to China. He appears to have been a broker and not associated with any one recycling firm.

He faces a maximum penalty of $250,000 and 5 years in jail. BAN applauds this federal action to enforce even our inadequate laws to prevent unsustainable and damaging e-waste exports. 

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e-Stewards Launches Unannounced Verification Inspections for Certified Electronics Recyclers

e-Stewards Launches Unannounced Verification Inspections for Certified Electronics Recyclers

We announced today a new Performance Verification initiative to increase rigor and confidence in our e-Stewards® certification program, already considered to be the "gold standard" for responsible recyclers of electronics worldwide.

Performance Verification will involve random, unannounced, on-site facility inspections to verify ongoing day-to-day performance is meeting the e-Stewards Standard. The inspections will be in addition to the normal, prescribed yearly scheduled third-party audits accomplished by accredited certification bodies.

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More E-waste Abandoned in New York and Ohio

More E-waste Abandoned in New York and Ohio

The e-waste recycler, E-Waste Systems, Inc. (EWSI), has abandoned its primary US-based recycling operations, leaving behind significant volumes of hazardous e-waste.

The Geneva, New York facility is no longer accepting materials and various e-waste collections events had been cancelled. Workers have not been paid since October 18, despite never receiving pink slips of termination. Due to failure to pay the rent, the landlord locked the doors on January 28.

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Georgia/Florida Electronics Recyclers Caught in Scheme to Smash, Dump, and Export Toxic TVs and Computer Monitors

Georgia/Florida Electronics Recyclers Caught in Scheme to Smash, Dump, and Export Toxic TVs and Computer Monitors

Basel Action Network has discovered that Diversified Recycling, an electronics recycler operating in Orlando, Florida and Norcross, Georgia, was recently engaged in transporting daily tractor-trailer loads of toxic TVs and computer monitors to a small warehouse operation where cathode ray tubes (CRTs) were smashed by hand and then dumped in a local construction landfill.

BAN also traced a trans-Atlantic container shipment of electronic waste containing non-functional LCD equipment from the same warehouse firm, known as Sarah’s Trading, to Asia. Both the dangerous smashing and the export and dumping of electronic waste are likely to violate numerous local, state, and federal laws.

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Utah Recycler Abandons Millions of Pounds of Toxic E-waste

Stone Castle Recycling, previously one of Utah's largest recyclers of electronic waste, has abandoned its three facilities and the owner is missing. The company has ceased all operations and has left behind several warehouses and yards filled with an estimated 7,600 tons of toxic electronic wastes and charred residues. 

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BAN Seeks Changes in Basel Guidelines to Enhance Reuse of Computers, Laptops and Cellphones

Basel Action Network and our e-Stewards recycler/refurbisher certification program is currently undertaking two initiatives to promote responsible electronics refurbishment. The efforts are designed to reflect the environmental and social preference for longevity, reuse, and refurbishment of electronic equipment rather than disposal or recycling. 

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California's E-waste Ending up in Toxic Mountain of Junk In Arizona

California has the strictest e-waste laws in the nation, but a KPIX5 investigation discovered the strict laws have led to dumping CA's electronic junk in someone else’s backyard, causing serious damage.

A mountain in the Arizona desert that’s not on any map was discovered five years ago.  A closer look reveals the mountain is made of glass from old TVs and monitors, full of lead and other toxic heavy metals. Most of it, some 41 million pounds, is from California.

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SHARPS Cautiously Welcomes Samsung’s Apology

Samsung has finally made a public apology to the victims of a leukemia cluster at its chip plants and promised compensation for them — seven years after the SHARPS campaign borne out of the death of Hwang Yu-mi, the first publicly known victim of the cluster, and six months after stalled negotiations with the victims’ families and the advocate group.

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