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Georgia/Florida Electronics Recyclers Caught in Scheme to Smash, Dump, and Export Toxic TVs and Computer Monitors

Diversified Recycling holds Contracts with State of Georgia, Florida, New Hampshire, and South Carolina

Norcross, Georgia | February 19th, 2015

The Basel Action Network (BAN), a global environmental organization working on toxic trade, has discovered that Diversified Recycling, an electronics recycler operating in Orlando, Florida and Norcross, Georgia, was recently engaged in transporting daily tractor-trailer loads of toxic TVs and computer monitors to a small warehouse operation where cathode ray tubes (CRTs) were smashed by hand and then dumped in a local construction landfill. BAN also traced a trans-Atlantic container shipment of electronic waste containing non-functional LCD equipment from the same warehouse firm known as Sarah’s Trading, to Asia. Both the dangerous smashing and the export and dumping of electronic waste are likely to violate numerous local, state, and federal laws.

Read the Media Press Release - 2-19-15

Mexico Defies United Nations Convention

Government Ships Dumped On South Asian Shipbreak Beaches

Mexico | August 14th, 2012

Two tankers owned and operated by Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), Mexico’s state-owned oil company, were recently sold for breaking on the notorious shipbreaking beaches in Pakistan and Bangladesh. The arrival of these obsolete vessels, the Sebastian and the De Marz, in South Asia without notice and without first being pre-cleaned of the tons of hazardous materials built into each ship is a clear violation of the UN Basel Convention and Mexican law. The Mexican government had just last year promised Basel Convention watchdog group the Basel Action Network (BAN) that such exports of Mexican ships were illegal and would not be allowed. BAN is now calling on the newly elected Mexican Government to take immediate corrective action by repatriating the two vessels to Mexico.

Read the Media Press Release - 8-14-12

e-Stewards® Certification Will Now Include R2 Practices

3 Electronics Recycling Certifications (ISO 14001, R2 and e-Stewards) for the Price of One

Seattle, Washington | March 1st, 2012

The Basel Action Network (BAN), the owner of the e-Stewards® Certification for electronics recyclers, announced today that it has included the R2 (Responsible Recycling) Practices, developed earlier by an Environmental Protection Agency sponsored multi-stakeholder process, into the more comprehensive e-Stewards Standard. Already, e-Stewards certifications require adherence to and deliver the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification. Effective immediately, the same will now be true for R2.

Read the Media Press Release - 3-1-12

San Francisco Joins Global Effort to Tackle Electronic Waste

Major City and County Recognized as an "e-Stewards Enterprise"

Seattle, Washington | February 23rd, 2012

The Basel Action Network ( BAN ) announced today that the City and County of San Francisco have achieved the status of “e-Stewards Enterprise.” The designation recognizes cities, counties and companies that take concrete measures to eliminate the export of hazardous electronic waste (e-waste) to developing countries by using Certified e-Stewards® Recyclers to manage their electronic waste.

Read the Media Press Release - 2-23-12

Exxon Mobil Scraps U.S. Jobs and the Environment by Sending Its Old Tankers To Asia

Sister Ship of Exxon Valdez exported to China

Seattle, Washington | February 23rd, 2012

On January 31, Texas-based Exxon Mobil and its wholly owned subsidiary SeaRiver Maritime sold the S/R Long Beach, a 1987 U.S. built single-hulled tanker (sister ship to the notorious Exxon Valdez) to a Chinese shipbreaking facility. Exxon’s move to dismantle the Long Beach in Asia is at odds with their December 2011 decision to recycle another tanker, the S/R Wilmington, in Brownsville, Texas. That earlier decision was applauded by domestic industry and environmental organizations alike for creating green recycling jobs in the U.S. while also remaining consistent with the decisions of the United Nation’s Basel Convention, which prohibits the export of toxic wastes from developed to developing countries. Old tankers contain many toxic materials and are usually deemed as hazardous waste under international law.

Read the Media Press Release - 2-23-12

BAN'S 2012 ANNUAL REPORT
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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