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Utah Recycler Abandons Millions of Pounds of Toxic e-Waste

Church of Latter-day Saints is Source of Much of the Waste

Seattle, WA and Utah | November 6th, 2014

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. According to US EPA representatives in Denver, the owner and CEO of Stone Castle, Anthony (Tony) Stoddard, has simply disappeared and is now being actively pursued by law enforcement authorities.

Read the Media Press Release - 11-6-14

Major US Newspapers, TV, Radio Organizations File Brief  in Support of the Basel Action Network

Seattle, WA | January 13th, 2014

Concerned about a possible limitation on the ability of those exercising their right to free speech to avoid being harassed by frivolous but costly defamation lawsuits, major media outlets including National Public Radio, CNN, the Washington Post, Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg, Dow Jones, and Time Magazine, filed an Amicus Brief last Friday supporting the appeal of the Basel Action Network (BAN).

Read the Media Press Release - 1-13-14

California Consumers Bilked as Electronics Recycler Abandons Warehouses Full of TV Glass in Arizona

Yuma, Arizona | September 11th, 2013

The environmental organization, Basel Action Network (BAN), well known for discovering the global dumping of electronic waste in Asia, has joined forces with CBS News in California to expose a new type of dumping, this time in Arizona. BAN found three warehouses in Yuma, Arizona, holding what is believed to be more than 9 million pounds of abandoned toxic picture tubes from old TVs and computer monitors originally collected by the California state Recycling Program. Dow Management, the alleged recycling company that held the glass in Yuma has disappeared and the principals are nowhere to be found. Dow was paid more than $581,000 dollars by California Recyclers to take the glass, who were in turn paid 3.6 million dollars from a California legislated recycling fund.

Read the Media Press Release - 9-11-13

100% of LG's U.S. e-Waste Now Goes to e-Stewards Recyclers, Who Won't Export it to Developing Countries

Seattle, WA | September 9th, 2013

LG Electronics had already become a global e-Stewards Enterprise company in 2011, an honor bestowed on companies that pledge to make best efforts to utilize e-Stewards recyclers. Today, LG has gone even further as the first manufacturer to succeed in sending 100 percent of the e-waste it controls in the U.S. to e-Stewards recyclers, including e-waste from its service center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Read the Media Press Release - 9-9-13

Following Watchdog Efforts, e-Waste Recycling Company Executives to be Jailed for Exporting Toxic e-Waste

Consumers Beware! – Criminal e-Waste Exporters are Far Too Common

Seattle, Washington and Denver, Colorado | July 24th, 2013

In the wake of significant prison sentences of 14 and 30 months being handed down by U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez against the executives Tor Olson and Brandon Richter of Denver, Colorado’s Executive, the toxic trade watchdog group, Basel Action Network, thanked the US Environmental Protection Agency and Homeland Security for their diligent prosecution and warned consumers, that the crime of e-waste exportation remains all too common.

Read the Media Press Release - 7-24-13

Developing Countries Rally to Prevent Industry Efforts to Exempt e-Waste from Trade Controls

Geneva, Switzerland | May 8th, 2013

Developing countries joined forces this week to defeat attempts by electronic equipment manufacturers represented by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and industrialized powers including the European Union, US, Japan, and Canada to create loopholes that would allow repairable electronic waste to be exempt from the international Basel Convention hazardous waste trade control procedures.

Read the Media Press Release - 5-8-13

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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