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Watchdog Groups Ask Basel Convention to Examine Canada’s Non-Compliance in Philippines Household Waste Dumping Case

Seattle, WA. Manila, Philippines. | July 27th, 2015

The international Basel Action Network (BAN) based in Seattle, and Ban Toxics based in the Philippines have submitted a formal letter requesting the Secretariat of the Basel Convention to invoke formal proceedings on the matter of 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 territory of the Philippines.

Read the Media Press Release - 7-27-15

Egregious Acts of Electronics Recycler Negligence by Stone Castle Recycling

Salt Lake Tribune Publishes In-Depth Stories following BAN Reports

April 8th, 2015

Please find links to interesting reporting on yet another irresponsible recycler – Stone Castle Recycling, and their enablers in Utah.

Read the Media Press Release - 4-8-15

Canada Condemned for Ignoring Legal Obligations in Philippines Waste Dumping Case

March 31st, 2015

The international waste trade watchdog Basel Action Network (BAN) and their Philippines-based affiliate organization 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.

Read the Media Press Release - 3-31-15

Michigan Broker Pleads Guilty to Export of e-Waste

March 19th, 2015

Please find 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.

Read the Media Press Release - 3-19-15

e-Stewards Launches Unannounced Verification Inspections for Certified Electronics Recyclers

First Random On-the-Spot Visits to Begin in May

Seattle, WA. | March 5th, 2015

Basel Action Network (BAN) announced today a new <em>Performance Verification</em> (PV) initiative to increase rigor and confidence among stakeholders in its e-Stewards&reg; certification program, already considered to be the “gold standard” for responsible recyclers of electronics worldwide. The PV 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 3rd party audits accomplished by accredited certification bodies.

Read the Media Press Release - 3-5-15

More e-Waste Abandoned in New York and Ohio

E-Waste Systems Inc. (EWSI) disappears, leaving workers and rent unpaid, hazardous e-waste left behind

Geneva, New York | March 3rd, 2015

The electronic waste (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 (1), despite never receiving pink slips of termination. Due to failure to pay the rent, the landlord locked the doors on January 28. EWSI similarly abandoned their Ohio facility near Cincinnati late last year.

Read the Media Press Release - 3-3-15


The Big Break - CBC Shipbreaking Documentary Site

Order Our Films! - The Digital Dump and Exporting Harm

BAN Report: The Digital Dump: Exporting Re-Use and Abuse to Africa

BAN Report: Exporting Harm: The High-Tech Trashing of Asia

Global Toxics Report Card: Country by Country Report on Ratifications of 4 International Toxics Treaties

Interview: Jim Puckett, BAN coordinator on National Public Radio

BAN Briefing Papers: BAN's Fact Sheets on Toxic Trade Issues

Article: "Recycling: No Excuse for Environmental Injustice"

Books Describing the Disturbing Side of the Electronics Industry and featuring BAN's work