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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.
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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
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
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
Need for financial mechanism to hold shipowners accountable and prevent reflagging is urgent
Brüssel | February 5th, 2013
A record-breaking number of 365 toxics-laden ships were sent for breaking by European shipowners to the beaches of South Asia in 2012, according to a list released today by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a global coalition of environmental, human rights and labour rights organisations working for safe and sustainable ship recycling. This number represents a 75% increase from 2011, when 210 EU-owned ships were sent for breaking in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Read the Media Press Release - 2-5-13