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California Electronics Recycling Firm Executive Charged with Criminal Trafficking

E-World's Customers include Sony, Samsung, NEC, FedEx Kinko, Hitachi, Waste Management

June 4th, 2015

According to court records from the Federal District Court in San Diego, Mr. Robert Erie, CEO of E-World Recyclers, LLC of Vista, CA was criminally indicted in December of 2014 by a Grand Jury for conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit goods, falsifying records, and lying to the government. He was subsequently arrested, released on bail, and pled guilty to the charges. The case is still pending a final judgement.

Read the Media Press Release - 6-4-15

Electronics Recycler Convicted for Illegal Exports  to Developing Countries

Environmental Watchdog Group Tipped Federal Authorities and CBS 60 Minutes

Denver, Colorado | December 22nd, 2012

A trial by jury convicted Executive Recycling, formerly of Englewood, Colorado and two of its top executives in a Denver Federal Court this morning for illegally exporting hazardous waste electronics to developing countries. Executives Tor Olson and Brandon Richter were convicted of criminal charges for illegal export of hazardous waste, smuggling, obstruction of justice, and wire and mail fraud. Brandon Richter was the former owner and CEO of Executive, an electronics recycler that also had locations in Utah and Nebraska. Executive Recycling has since changed its name to Techcycle.

Read the Media Press Release - 12-22-12

U.S. Government Ends the Sinking of Old Ships as Artificial Reefs

Green Groups Claim Victory, Call End to SINKEX

Seattle, WA. | September 6th, 2012

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has adopted a new policy that effectively terminates the federal artificial reefing program that allowed the scuttling of old ships for so-called “artificial reefs” – a practice that dates back to the Liberty Ship Act of1972. Since the program’s inception, approximately 45 ships have been disposed of at sea, along with untold tons of toxic substances such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and heavy metals built into each vessel, as well as many millions of dollars worth of steel and non-ferrous metal resources. U.S. based environmental organization Basel Action Network (BAN), which has actively campaigned against the government-sponsored ocean dumping program, hails this news as a victory for U.S. jobs in the domestic ship recycling industry and a win for the environment.

Read the Media Press Release - 9-6-12

BAN Denies Defamation Allegations — Launches Countersuit Against Intercon Solutions

Seattle, WA. | September 4th, 2012

The Basel Action Network (BAN), represented by its legal team consisting of the firms, John Phillips Law Group, PLLC (Seattle) and Winston and Strawn (Chicago) have responded to Chicago Heights company Intercon Solutions’ recent lawsuit that alleged “defamation” and “false light” against BAN and its Executive Director, Jim Puckett. BAN denied the allegations and filed a counterclaim against Intercon Solutions asking for “declaratory relief” to restore BAN’s full credibility and to recognize that BAN has told the truth in the matter regarding the export of electronic waste to China by Intercon Solutions. Two weeks ago, BAN removed the case from Illinois State Court to Federal Court in Chicago.

Read the Media Press Release - 9-4-12

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

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