BIS considers regulating electronic waste exports

BIS considers regulating electronic waste exports

As much as 55 million tons of computers, TVs, air conditioners, refrigerators and more are discarded annually worldwide. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has proposed regulations that would strengthen U.S. government oversight of discarded electronic waste exports due to national security concerns. Photo:Africa Studio / Shutterstock.com.

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Samsung Partners with Basel Action Network to Enhance e-Waste Tracking

Since 2008, Samsung has been a strong supporter of recycling by providing convenient and responsible takeback options for consumer electronics globally. In a new initiative with our partner – Basel Action Network (BAN), we are adopting BAN’s EarthEye™ service – a global GPS based tracking system for electronic waste.

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GPS Trackers Reveal More Canadian e-Waste Exported to Developing Countries

GPS Trackers Reveal More Canadian e-Waste Exported to Developing Countries

The global waste watchdog group Basel Action Network (BAN) released its findings today of a year-long study that involved placing GPS trackers hidden inside of 43 pieces of computing equipment and then, mimicking the expected actions of Canadian consumers, handing them over to official collection depots and processors across Canada. BAN then monitored the devices, tracking some of them offshore to Asia. 

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e-Stewards Electronics Recycling Certification Adopts NAID AAA Data Security Certification

e-Stewards Electronics Recycling Certification Adopts NAID AAA Data Security Certification

The Basel Action Network (BAN) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Association for Information Destruction® (NAID®) to require all current and future e-Stewards® Certified Recyclers in all of their facilities to also become NAID AAA Certified for Electronic Media. For their part, NAID will grant e-Stewards "Network Participant" status, which includes discounts on consultation, training, marketing, and initiation fees. 

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Support Grows to Control Plastic Waste in International Trade Treaty

The 11th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Basel Convention, the world's only international treaty on waste control, concluded with widespread and growing support for a proposal by Norway to add plastic waste to the list of wastes subject to the trade controls under the convention. The proposal is seen as a key mechanism to stem the tide of marine debris and plastic litter. It would add plastic waste to Annex II, a list of wastes for "special consideration" under the Convention that requires notification by exporting countries and consent by importing countries prior to export.

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Bike-Share Companies Accused of Creating e-Waste Mountains

Bike-sharing is a growing trend across the world, encouraging people in cities to ditch cars and public transport in favour of cycling – a convenient, money-saving and emission-slashing way to get around. But the apparently eco-friendly companies could be producing a lot more waste than users realise – and one charity is now calling for proper reuse and recycling policies to be put in place.

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When Green is Not: Bikeshare Companies Called Out for Dumping "e-Waste Bikes"

When Green is Not: Bikeshare Companies Called Out for Dumping "e-Waste Bikes"

In the wake of multiple scandalous discoveries of piles of used Ofo and Lime rideshare bikes in the US and China, the Basel Action Network (BAN) and its e-waste recycling program, 
e-Stewards®, is calling on all bicycle and scooter rideshare companies, and the city governments that license them, to establish responsible end-of-life policies to ensure maximal reuse and safe and responsible recycling for those bikes and scooters that cannot be reused. 

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GPS Trackers Reveal Australian e-Waste Exported to Developing Countries

GPS Trackers Reveal Australian e-Waste Exported to Developing Countries

The global waste watchdog group Basel Action Network (BAN) released its findings today of a year-long United Nations funded study that used GPS trackers hidden inside of 35 old computers, printers, and monitors. They found that two of the devices left at the consumer take-back desk at Officeworks were exported to developing countries in Asia in likely contravention of international law.

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E-Waste Offers an Economic Opportunity as Well as Toxicity

E-Waste Offers an Economic Opportunity as Well as Toxicity

The police raid on a junkyard on the outskirts of Bangkok had all the trappings of a drug bust. Swarming onto the open-air property in late May, officers from the Royal Thai Police found undocumented workers from Laos and Myanmar engaged in dangerous work that exposed them to blasts of toxic fumes and dust — a common hazard on the lowest rung of their illegal and booming international trade. The products these workers handled, however, were not heroin or methamphetamines but vast piles of discarded computers, electrical wires and circuit boards. And it’s very likely that much of this electronic waste came from one of the world’s biggest producers: the United States.

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