From all of us at BAN, thank you very much for making #GivingTuesday a big success! We are incredibly grateful for each and every one of our supporters.Read More
#GivingTuesday is a global movement of people excited to give back to their communities. On Tuesday, December 1 (the first Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving), millions around the world will donate their time and their money to help their favorite charity.Read More
Do we have a fundamental human right to not be exposed to toxic substances?
Can we say “no trespassing” to chemicals?
Last week, our Executive Director, Jim Puckett, took off for Geneva, Switzerland to participate in a roundtable meeting.Read More
Last week, BAN joined a dedicated group to lead the way into a future with less waste.
We supported waste prevention by participating in the United Nations Basel Convention’s Fourth Expert Working Group on environmentally sound management.Read More
Being in the eco-friendly Pacific Northwest, BAN often gets interest from our Seattle local community, particularly from students interested in learning more about environmental justice issues.
Recently, we hosted a group of 6th grade girls who were researching potential topics for an upcoming trash-themed robotics competition.Read More
Following year-long deliberation over a petition by an e-Stewards recycler requesting e-Stewards to relax its standard to give greater acceptance to placing crushed and treated glass into solid waste landfill cells for possible future retrieval and recycling, BAN's Board of Directors voted to accept the majority recommendations of the e-Stewards Leadership Council and deny the petition.Read More
The U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois just dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by a prominent Chicago area electronics recycler against BAN in 2012. Intercon Solutions filed the lawsuit after BAN caught and reported Intercon for exporting electronic scrap to Hong Kong.Read More
Today, according to Lex 18 News of Lexington Kentucky, Global Environmental Services (GES) confessed to dumping and burying televisions and other electronics in a large hole dug behind their warehouse. GES had collected the used electronics to recycle, but unfortunately it appears GES chose a cheaper alternative, but at a cost to the environment and more.Read More
Following an alarm we raised, Matson Inc., the shipping company, agreed to prohibit scrapping its vessels on the beaches of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.
While this decision doesn't apply to the Horizon Trader, and old Matson vessel now on its way to India, it's hugely significant. Twenty-three vessels in Matson's fleet will need to be scrapped in the next few years.Read More
Kansas City, Missouri, is narrowing the digital divide and responsibly managing a growing waste stream, electronic waste, aka, e-waste, by joining the e-Stewards Enterprise Program. In managing their electronic assets, e-Stewards Enterprises pledge to use e-Stewards Certified Recyclers and Refurbishers.Read More
Raytheon, one of the biggest names in defense technologies, is now one of the biggest names in responsibly recycling their e-waste. By becoming an e-Stewards Enterprise, Raytheon deepens their commitment to sustainability and the environment.
In 2013, Raytheon committed to a plan to responsibly recycle 100% of the 500 tons of e-waste they produce annually - by 2015.Read More
Efforts to downplay global e-waste dumping issues are taken from the playbook used by climate change deniers and tobacco giants - and we're calling foul.
Jim Puckett, BAN's Executive Director, recently wrote an article in Resource Recycling, calling attention to a growing trend to deny that e-waste exportation from developed to developing countries is a problem.Read More
The electronics recycling industry is under great financial stress. It's unfortunate, but a sad day when leaders in the industry, like Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), reacting to the stress, cut what shareholders and customers value and demand: environmental protection, social responsibility, independent verification and accountability, and data security.Read More
Basel Action Network and Ban Toxics, based in the Philippines, have requested the Secretariat of the Basel Convention invoke formal proceedings on Canada’s unwillingness to perform their Basel Convention obligations after Canada allowed the dumping of more than 100 containers of Canadian household waste on the Philippines.Read More
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.Read More